MANILA, Philippines – In one of the last interviews as the reigning queen, Miss World 2013 Megan Young looked back on her year and talked about her advice for the incoming queen.
“My advice is to be patient. In this job, patience is a virtue. Also, it is important to always be understanding and nice to everyone you meet. Kindness and compassion will take you a long way,” said Megan, in an interview posted on the Miss World website.
For Megan, helping others, especially those from the Philippines during the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), was one of the highlights of her reign.
“The highlights of my year as Miss World can be narrowed down to two things. From a Beauty with a Purpose perspective, it would have to be helping out with the Typhoon relief in the Philippines. I was able to help out my countrymen in ways I never thought possible, because of my Miss World title.” (READ: Megan Young back in PH for Yolanda victims)
She also said that hosting the coronation night is another highlight since she is the first reigning title-holder to do the job.
“I could connect to so many people and inspire and encourage help on such a wide scale and that was a true highlight of my year. On the lighter side, being invited to host the Miss World pageant this year in London is also one of the year’s biggest highlights. Hosting is such a passion of mine and for Mrs. Morley to have so much faith and trust in me and my abilities to host the pageant is an overwhelming feeling. I am so incredibly touched and humbled.”
Megan also shared that she was worried how she would be able to do the job considering she was away from her family. However, she said she is grateful she is allowed to come home to be with her family in between her activities.
Asked what trait her successor should possess, Megan said the next person to wear the crown should be genuine.
“It is a competition but her authenticity is what will win the judges over and carry her throughout her reign. The work that a Miss World does is not just about the beauty and the glamour but a lot of it is really behind the scenes and about getting your feet dirty without your heels and without the makeup,” she said.
She also said she will always be grateful to Miss World chairman Julia Morley for the guidance she has given her during her reign as well as her supporters who have followed her one year reign.
“I would like to say to all those people who follow the event and the winners’ reigns, that even though Miss World is always innovating every year, the essence of a Miss World never changes. She is always willing to help and make change wherever she can in the world. I would like to thank each fan and supporter personally for being a part of my journey.”
“To Mrs. Morley, I would like to say thank you for being a mother to me. This experience has changed my life and I will always be here for you and for the Miss World organization. Thank you for always caring for me and thank you for being a true friend.”
Catch Megan as she hosts the coronation night along with Tim Vincent and Mr. World Canada 2013 Frankie Cena. Rappler live blogs the event starting 7pm Manila time, Sunday, December 14. Tune in for live updates and a peek at all the action as it happens. – Rappler.com
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