Every time a Miss Universe representative accepts the challenge of competing in the prestigious pageant, she leaves a completely different life behind. The whole country shows support as she aims for the crown, and win or lose, she is set to make changes in her life after the pageant.
Many of our Miss Universe representatives tried their luck in showbiz after the competition. Others continue the career path they had before the pageant took over. While we are still updated by some of them on social media, we can’t help but wonder what the other beautiful ladies have been doing after the coronation night.
Here’s a list of our Miss Universe title-holders and what has kept them busy after representing the Philippines:
1. Venus Raj
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After 10 years since the last Miss Universe representative landed in the Top 5, Venus Raj was hailed as Miss Universe 4th runner up in 2010.
Despite the spotlight on her during the "major, major" question and answer portion, the Filipina-Indian beauty continued to become a public figure as she became a host in Umagang Kay Ganda after the pageant. In 2011, Venus signed a contract with ABS-CBN. She left in 2013 after the show reformatted. The TV personality also pursued her Masters in Community Development at the University of the Philippines and finished in 2017. Venus is still an active participant in the charity group Care For Children.
2. Shamcey Supsup
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In 2011 Shamcey Supsup placed 3rd runner-up in the Miss Universe coronation night.
Shamcey fulfilled her dreams of becoming an architect after the contest. It is worth noting that she topped the architecture board exam in 2010 after she graduated magna cum laude at the University of the Philippines. She also became a TV host and endorser for many brands. Shamcey became a host in It’s Showtime and for ANC CityScape. In 2013, the Miss Universe titleholder married the Filipino-Chinese businessman Lloyd Lee. Three years after, she gave birth to a cute baby girl named Nyke. Shamcey and Lloyd run a restaurant together.
On December 9, Miss Universe Philippines announced Shamcey as the organization’s national director.
3. Janine Tugonon
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Janine Tugonon maintained the Philippines’ consecutive run of making it to the Top 10 yearly as she landed 1st runner-up in Miss Universe 2012. She was the only Asian who successfully made it to the Top 5.
After Janine posed for Philippine magazines, she continued her modeling career in the United States where she walked many fashion shows. She scored advertisements for Victoria’s Secret Pink and became a calendar girl for Nu Muses which made rounds on social media and Philippine news.
4. Ariella Arida
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In 2013, Ariella Arida placed 3rd runner-up in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant. It was the Philippines' 4th consecutive year to have a representative place in the Top 5.
Ariella became a mainstay host in a variety show in 2016. She also explored opportunities in a TV comedy anthology and later became a guest to several other shows. The beauty queen from Laguna then became an actress in 2018 starring in Playhouse and The Killer Bride. Ariella is also a host in Umagang Kay Ganda.
5. Mary Jean Lastimosa
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The 2014 Miss Universe representative was Mary Jean Lastimosa who made it to the Top 10 of the pageant.
The year after the contest, Mary Jean, fondly called MJ in showbiz, immediately entered the world of entertainment as an actress. She starred in a Maalala Mo Kaya episode in 2015 and pursued more teleseryes in the following years. Among her notables shows were All of Me, Luv U, Game Ng Bayan, and Bagani. MJ also hit the big screen in Unexpectedly Yours in 2017.
6. Pia Wurtzbach
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It was the year of being confidently beautiful with a heart when finally Pia Wurtzbach was declared Miss Universe, 42 years since Margarita Moran from the Philippines won.
Pia has been the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia & the Pacific since 2016. She worked closely with the Miss Universe Organization as an HIV/AIDS awareness advocate after her reign. Apart from continuing her advocacy, she also ventured in showbiz as she co-starred with Vice Ganda and Daniel Padilla in Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad under the production of Star Cinema. In 2017, Pia served as a judge during the final coronation night of Miss Universe. The following year, she became the lead actress in the movie My Perfect You with Gerald Anderson. It was announced in March 2019 that the beauty queen turned actress will have a big screen comeback under Black Sheep.
7. Maxine Medina
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After the reign of the Philippines in 2015, Maxine Medina proved that she could also bring pride to the country as she finished in the Top 6 of Miss Universe 2016.
Like the previous beauty queens, Maxine also tried out being in showbiz as an actress and made it her career until now. In 2017, she was part of the cast of the movie Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted. Maxine continued to make it in the big screen when she starred in Kusina Kings in 2018 and in the highest-grossing movie of all time Hello, Love, Goodbye in 2019. She also had projects in TV shows like in Ipaglaban mo: Abogada and Dinukot and Los Bastardos.
8. Rachel Peters
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Rachel Peters kept the streak of 8 consecutive Miss Universe Philippines representatives during the 2017 pageant when she landed in the Top 10.
Unlike the previous beauty queen titleholders, Rachel enjoyed private time with her family after Miss Universe 2017, in time for the holiday season. The Filipino-British model currently runs her coffee shop business she built in 2016 in Siargao. She also announced her engagement with Camarines Sur Governor Migz Villafuerte.
9. Catriona Gray
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Three years after the reign of Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe 2015, Catriona Gray brought back the title as she was proclaimed Miss Universe 2018.
Catriona kept herself busy after the coronation night with web and radio guestings. She also joined the New York Fashion Week and other international events. Throughout her reign, she worked with Love Yourself, Young Focus, and participated in organizations close to her heart such as Education Through Music New York, Best Buddies, Smile Train, God’s Love We Deliver, Apicha CHC, and other LGBTQ+ organizations. Apart from that, the Filipino-Australian beauty queen was also among the judges during Miss South Africa 2019.
Aside from her work as Miss Universe, Catriona also did endorsements in and out of the country. Soon, she will be releasing her book Conquering the Universe and will later pursue her career in music. Catriona is also open to acting.