The top five candidates of Miss Universe 2020 spoke out on various social issues in their final statements at the pageant’s finals night on May 17 (May 16, US time).
Each candidate picked a card with a topic that they had to speak on candidly for 30 seconds.
Here are their final statements:
Andrea Meza, Mexico
On changing beauty standards
We live in a society that more and more is more in advanced, and as we advanced as a society we’ve also advanced with stereotypes. Nowadays beauty isn’t only the way we look, for me beauty radiates not only in our spirit but in our hearts, and the way that we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you you are not valuable.
Adline Castelino, India
On free speech and the right to protest
The right to protest. We’ve seen many protests in the recent days especially, I want to point out the protests that women have made throughout the years with equal rights. Until today, we lack in them because protests help us raise our voice against what’s happening against inequality, it helps minorities in any democracy to raise their voice. So the protests is very important but what’s not important is when you use it because with every right comes a responsibility so use it with power. Thank you.
Julia Gama, Brazil
On mental health
Mental health is still a very stigmatized topic and it keeps us from giving the right assistance to those in need. So may we all tonight remember to normalize conversations about anxiety or depression because we all hurt sometimes and we don’t need to face it alone. May we all come together because togetherness is our strength and together we can overcome anything. So let’s support each other and let’s share empathy. Thank you.
Kimberly Jimenez, Dominican Republic
On global poverty
During this pandemic, my country Dominican Republic, has risen to 23% poverty rate. For me, being able to be in front of you guys representing Dominican Republic, that makes me incredibly proud that it will help my tourism and us as human beings that we have to realize there are so many people out there that need our help and we can overcome anything. Thank you.
Janick Maceta del Castillo, Peru
On climate change
It is our collective responsibility to start taking action in order to save our planet. Just by the little by little, we can start making a difference. Little by little, by recycling, by teaching young generations about taking care of our beautiful, beautiful earth, we are just here for one time and this is the time that we have to start taking care of it. Thank you.