Joanna Eden, ready for Miss Supranational 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden maybe the youngest in this year's batch of queens, but the Filipino-Australian who represented Quezon said she's ready to compete in the Miss Supranational pageant to be held in Poland on December 2 (December 3, Manila time)
During a press conference last November 10, Joanna, 20, opened up about pre-pageant work. She said she dedicated time and energy to improve her walk or pasarela, a very important component of the competition.
"For me, I really changed my walk. I am not naturally a power walker. So I really dedicated a lot of time and effort to making my walk powerful, Like making it sure that there was a statement when I walk. I’m a little bit awkward so I really have to work looking more comfortable with myself and being more playful," she said.
Fans earlier dubbed her pasarela the "couldn't care less" walk. Joanna said she hoped people will see more improvement. (READ: 8 fun facts: Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden)
"I mean the 'couldn’t care less walk' in the not to trying hard way. But I do think when people see my walk now, they will [say], she’s really improved and I’m a power walker now."
Three years since Mutya Datul won the title in 2013, Joanna said she's aware that there are expectations from her to do well in the competition. She is also glad for the support from Filipino fans and her pageant sisters because it motivates them to do their best.
"I’m so proud to have a country like the Philippines behind me. I feel like the support behind us is so strong, and we can feel it whether it be through social media, or having to react to us in person. I feel like that’s the reason why we should be proud. There’s no reason for us to feel any extra pressure or anything that would make us feel scared or uncomfortable…It even gives us more motivation to do our best, even better than our best. So we can make the country really proud," she said.
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For this year, the Miss Supranational pageant will be hosted by two countrties – Poland for the finals and Slovakia for the other activities. Asked what she's looking foward to in her European journey, the Filipino-Australian beauty queen said she's looking forward to the tours, the snow, and simply experiencing two very different countries.
At 20 years old, Joanna said that she has grown so much during the past months she spent with pageant sisters during their training.
"I feel like for me especially this year, I’ve learned to really appreciate everything, everything that has happened to me.
"I don’t want to keep repeating myself but in regards to learning things from my sisters, I’ve learned definitely how to control my emotions. I am a bit of a panicker. Like I stress a lot and I remember we went to the beach, the time we went to Batangas, something happened [and] we ended up stranded in a boat, and I remember like everyone was scared and I was freaking out. I was panicking, I was crying.... you always have to know [when] is an appropriate time to show certain emotions, and I think that will help me when I’m on stage also. I need to compose myself," she said. – Rappler.com