Celeste Cortesi by no means compromised on authenticity within the Miss Universe journey | Jobs Punch

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Celeste Cortesi is the personification of glamor and confidence as she leads the pageant on stage. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old Filipino-Italian mannequin by no means forgets who she is, which has helped her join along with her followers each within the Philippines and overseas.

“The viewers is related to you in a roundabout way, and the one method you may join with the general public is to speak about your susceptible facet, not simply the best particular person you need to painting. Magnificence queens are nonetheless human – we make numerous errors and that is regular. I simply need to present all the things and never be afraid to indicate others my true and genuine self,” Cortesi mentioned in an interview. So Jannelle TV, which airs throughout the US on The Filipino Channel (TFC) and ANC; in addition to on native Southern CA digital channel KNET 25.1.

Celeste Cortesi never compromised on authenticity in the Miss Universe journey

Though she continues to be humble and assured, she finds it onerous to not impress him.

“You will have the proper face, although,” Filipino-American media pioneer Janelle So Perkins advised Cortese.

Cortesi’s mixture of magnificence, integrity and expertise make her a robust contender as she prepares to characterize the Philippines on the Miss Universe 2022 pageant on January 14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (LIVE UPDATES: Miss Universe 2022)

Voltaire Tayag, famend pageant journalist and communications director of Miss Universe Philippines, has coached Cortes for the pageant. Whereas cautiously optimistic, Tayag mentioned Cortesi has nearly as good an opportunity as anybody to return to the Philippines as a winner.

“The video games are fairly unpredictable, however I actually imagine… She has what it takes to be Miss Universe and somebody who could be nice for the group as a result of she has the relatability and authenticity that they’re in search of,” Taiga mentioned.

Cortesi’s poise and expertise have come from studying onerous classes from her expertise. After beginning pageants in Italy as an adolescent, Cortesi discovered the pageant expertise rather more troublesome within the Philippines. Being a global magnificence queen means being underneath fixed scrutiny, from how she seems to be to the very query of her ethnicity.

Cortesi confronted this actuality on the 2018 Miss Earth pageant held within the Philippines. Throughout the question-and-answer portion, the hashtag introduced to her was malnutrition, and the Philippine-born, Italian-raised Cortesi struggled to formulate her reply.

As an alternative of being ashamed of this expertise, she confronted it and have become a stronger particular person.

“First, I did not communicate English on the time, and second, I used to be very younger on the time — I used to be 19,” Cortesi mentioned.

“After it occurred, I used to be nearly shy about exhibiting that a part of myself, however now I really feel like you may go on YouTube and see it. I do not care as a result of you may see me now and you may see me as an inspiration to see , which you could at all times enhance so long as you might be decided, [and] so long as you might be dedicated to your objectives. If I did it, anybody can,” she added.

After the Miss Earth pageant, the place Cortesi positioned within the high eight, she centered extra on bettering her possibilities of future success. Regardless of being born in Pasay Metropolis, Philippines, she was raised in Parma, Italy, shifting there on the age of six months along with her Italian father and Filipina mom. She started to enhance her English and study extra about Filipino tradition. She additionally enrolled in lessons at Lyceum Alabang the place she studied actual property administration.

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Taiga mentioned one of many weaknesses Cortesi has been engaged on just isn’t overthinking issues and magnifying them in his thoughts. He mentioned that whereas many think about her an emblem of magnificence and perfection, he is aware of her as somebody who likes to eat sweets and is near her childhood finest buddy.

Cortesi admitted that a lot of the criticism directed at her was hurtful, however she rose above it. It is a capability to adapt that may serve her effectively when she steps again onto the world stage.

“To be trustworthy, I needed to undergo numerous beatings when all these folks hated me. I may have gone again to Italy and simply stayed in my consolation zone, however I made a decision to not,” Cortesi mentioned.

“It wasn’t only for me, however I actually wished to indicate that anybody can do it in the event that they actually need to pursue that dream. There isn’t any such factor as limits that folks can put in your skills. – Jannelle So Productions | Rappler.com

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