Yesterday, Pia Wurtzbach became a name on everybody’s lips. Only the third Filipino to be crowned Miss Universe in the pageant’s 63-year history, Wurtzbach caught our attention when she was announced as the real winner of one of the most publicized beauty pageants in the world. Pairing tidbits of her showbiz background with selected #tbt posts on Pia’s Instagram, Rogue presents 10 things you probably didn’t know about the new Miss Universe.
Shortly after her father’s passing, Pia (@piawurtzbach) posted this photo of her with her parents: “My 1st birthday”.
1. Pia was born in Germany.
The child of a German father and Filipino mother, Pia was born in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg on September 24, 1989. Before moving to Cagayan de Oro, where she grew up, she was raised for a brief time in Iligan City.
In this #tbt post, Pia quipped, “I wasn’t kidding when I said it was my childhood dream.”
2. Miss Universe 2015 is only her fourth attempt to join a beauty pageant.
Prior to Miss Universe, Pia had joined Bb. Pilipinas for three consecutive years (2013-2015). In her first attempt, she garnered first runner-up. By 2014 however, she slumped to the Top 15 ranking.
@piawurtzbach: “Back when I was terribly shy. #Tbt #throwbackthursday”
3. As a young girl, Pia was insecure with her looks.
After winning Bb. Pilipinas this year, Sun.Star released a feature on Pia’s early life and rise to pageantry. In the article, Pia reveals that she had low self-esteem in elementary school because classmates would tease her for her height.
4. Pia has a degree in Culinary Arts.
Pia finished her studies at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan, Metro Manila.
5. Pia has been the family breadwinner since she was 11.
An article on the Inquirer mentions that at age 11, Pia became the family breadwinner shortly after her parents’ separation.
Pia is pictured with Pauleen Luna at the Star Magic Office.
6. However, it’s said that she joined Star Magic at the age of 4 under the name Pia Romero.
Pia was entered into ABS-CBN’s theatrical agency, Star Magic at a young age. Her earliest screen credits include appearances on ASAP beginning in 1996.
A day before her coronation, Pia appealed to social media for votes: “Hello #AldubNation pwede ko po bang mahingi ang tulong nyo para sa laban ko sa Miss Universe? :)”
7. Pia has been quoted as saying that she finds acting easier than going onstage in swimsuits.
Another article for the Inquirer reveals that Pia prefers screen roles to pageantry. Pia told the Inquirer: “With pageants, you are yourself. And one of the hardest roles to portray is yourself. When you start asking yourself such questions as am I good enough, will people like me, that’s when insecurities step in.”
Earlier this morning, Pia posted a post-pageant victory photo with the caption: “42 years of drought and now it finally reigns 🙂 Mabuhay! Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.”
8. She is a contributing writer for Philippine Daily Inquirer.
From time to time, Pia has also contributed to the 2bU section of Inquirer Lifestyle. Her writing has seen her wear many hats, from stylist to model to writer of reviews on beauty and cosmetics products.
9. Controversy surrounded her second beauty pageant when pressured to answer a question in Tagalog.
Following Bb. Pilipinas 2014, there was much speculation that the Q&A portion of the pageant had hurt Pia’s chances at landing the top spots; she only managed to make it into the Top 15 ranking. Wurtzbach, having a German father, a mother based in England, and hailing from Cagayan de Oro, was asked by Senator Sonny Angara if he could ask her his question in Tagalog. She agreed and offered to answer in Tagalog as well, which she did, at the cost of being unable to answer within the allotted 30 seconds.
Pia’s national dress for Miss Universe was designed by Albert Andrada.
10. Earlier this year, Pia was rumored to be dating P-Noy.
TESDA director-general Joel Villanueva let slip that P-Noy, currently the only bachelor president in Philippine history, and Wurtzbach went out on a group date at a TESDA event earlier in March this year.