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IN PHOTOS: Pia Wurtzbach’s 3-year Miss Universe journey

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IN PHOTOS: Pia Wurtzbach’s 3-year Miss Universe journey
It may have taken 3 tries for the Philippines' Pia Wurtzbach to make it to the Miss Universe pageant – but all her hard work has paid off as she is crowned Miss Universe 2015. Let's take a look back at her journey here

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – It was a show-stopping, emotional victory for Pia Wurtzbach, who won the Miss Universe crown for the Philippines Sunday night, December 20. 

But things were not always easy for the 26-year old Filipino-German actress, model, and TV personality, who had to go through 3 tries before finally winning the Binibining Pilipinas pageant back in March for a shot at the Universe crown, just like her predecessor, MJ Lastimosa. (FULL LIST: Winners, Bb Pilipinas 2015 coronation night)

Right after she became Miss Universe Philippines, she said, “I was first runner-up in 2013 and I didn’t make it last year. Now, I finally did. It was a long journey getting here. I’m not going to waste this.” She has lived up to her promise to do her best for the country – and soon, the Philippines will welcome her back with open arms.

WINNER. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (L) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (not pictured), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

She now follows in the footsteps of Filipina Miss Universe winners Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margarita Moran (1973) – ending a 42-year drought for the Philippines in the prestigious pageant. 

Let’s take a look at her journey, in photos. 

Then 23, Pia, a set out for her first try at Bb Pilipinas in 2013. 

Bb Pilipinas 2013 season: 1st runner-up finish 

Photo courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas

SWIMWEAR COMPETITION. Pia Wurtzbach at the 2013 press presentation at Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler
NATIONAL COSTUME COMPETITION 2013. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler
Parade of Beauties, 2013. Photo by Edric Chen

Photo by Edric Chen/Rappler

Bb Pilipinas 2014 season: Top 15 finish 

Undeterred, Pia tried again in 2014. She did finish in the top 15, but that year was MJ Lastimosa’s year to shine. 

Pia at the public presentation on January 31, 2014. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Pia at the press presentation on February 19, 2014. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Pia walking the runway in casual wear. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Pia in her national costume. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Photo by Mark Cristino
Photo by Mark Cristino
2014 LOSS. Pia did not place in 2014, but finished in the top 15. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Bb Pilipinas 2015 season: Pia wins the Miss Universe Philippines crown

Finally, in her third and final try, Pia won the Miss Universe Philippines title at the 2015 Bb Pilipinas pageant. She continued training in the hopes of a strong finish at Miss Universe pageant, competing against international beauties for the big win. 

Photo by Mark Cristino

  

Miss Universe and the finish line  

Following her Binibini win, Pia immediately began training for the Miss Universe finale – the culmination of all of her years of hard work. 

Right off the bat, she made a strong impression in the preliminary rounds. But offstage, she quickly made friends with her fellow candidates, posting pictures with her friends while updating fans on the competition on social media. 

Let’s take a look at some of her pictures:

Photo from Miss Universe

Pia in her Yamamay swimsuit. Photo from Miss Universe


 

Here are photos of Pia at the preliminaries:

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015 on stage in fashion by Sherri Hill during the opening of The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015.  Photo courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Photo courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Photo courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

And here she is at the Miss Universe coronation night:

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015; Monika Radulovic, Miss Australia 2015; Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015; Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia 2015; and Flora Coquerel, Miss France 2015; prepare to answer their Top 5 Final Question on stage with Host, Steve Harvey during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX Sunday, December 20. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants have spent the past three weeks in Las Vegas touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach reacts to the announcement establishing her as Miss Universe 2015 on stage during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE¨ Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON

Despite a major mix-up where host Steve Harvey accidentally announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of Pia, all ladies onstage kept their composure as the issue was sorted out and Pia was crowned. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (2nd R), who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up reacts with other contestants after being named the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Pia’s victory was 3 years in the making, including a heartbreaking top 15 finish in 2014. 

But all the heartbreak, tears, and losses in the past have led Pia to this one winning moment, which no awkward mix-up can tarnish. 

What do you think of Pia Wurtzbach’s big win? Let us know in the comments below. 

– Rappler.com

Other photos by Manman Dejeto, Edric Chen, Mark Cristino, or courtesy of Bb Plipinas

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