Andrea Meza of Mexico just won Miss Universe 2020! But before she was given the crown, Andrea and the rest of the Top 5 finalists, Brazil, Peru, India, and Dominican Republic, had to answer questions written by the contestants themselves for the Final Question round. That's not all, though! The finalists were also given a chance to make a Final Statement on a variety of relevant social issues.
Read the full transcript of the Miss Universe 2020 Top 5 Final Question and Final Statement below:
Mexico, Andrea Meza (Miss Universe 2020)
Final question: If you were the leader of your country, how would you have handled the COVID-19 pandemic?
Answer: "I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19. However, I believe that what I would have done was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That's why I would have taken care of them since the beginning."
Final statement (changing beauty standards): "We live in a society that, more and more, is more advanced. And as we advance 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 in the way we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you’re not valuable."
Brazil, Julia Gama (First Runner-Up)
Final question: In many countries, women are still considered incapable of being world leaders. Convince these countries that they are wrong.
Answer: "Women are such [an] important part of this society. And just because we are not encouraged in the same way that men are, we have our potential wasted. The world needs women's contributions because we came for some reason, and I invite every woman to understand that we are the leaders of our lives. And yes, we can do a lot for our communities. So please take your power!"
Final statement (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. But 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, let's share empathy. Thank you."
Peru, Janick Maceta del Castillo (Second Runner-Up)
Final question: What would you say to the women watching tonight who are currently experiencing sexual or domestic abuse?
Answer: "I will tell them that I admire their strength; that they're survivors and that I've been there, too. I became the hero of my own story, that's why I advocate to save little girls from being victims. They're survivors, they're heroes, they have the power and don't ever, ever make anyone silence your voice."
Final statement (climate change): "It is our collective responsibility to start taking action in order to save our planet. Just by the 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're just here for one time. And this is the time that we have to start taking care of it."
India, Adline Castelino (Third Runner-Up)
Final question: Should countries lockdown due to COVID-19 despite the strain on the economy or should they open their borders and risk the potential increase in infection rates?
Answer: "Good evening, universe. Well, coming from India and witnessing what India is experiencing right now, I have realized something very important. Nothing is more important that the health of your loved ones and you have to draw a balance between economy and health. And that can only be done when the government works with the people hand in hand and produces something that will work with the economy. Thank you."
Final statement (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 protest 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."
Dominican Republic, Kimberly Jimenez (Fourth Runner-Up)
Final question: Then the night she won Miss Universe, Zozi Tunzi explained the importance of teaching leadership to young girls. How would you do that as Miss Universe?
Answer: "Good night. Thank you for the question. I come from a family completely filled with women of which have propelled me to help them today. Working with my non-profit Finez de Cristo, I understand that I don't need a title to be able to help others and to be able to support them. Thank you."
Final statement (global poverty): "During this pandemic, my country, the Dominican Republic, has risen to [a] 23 percent poverty rate. For me, being able to be in front of you guys representing the Dominican Republic makes me incredibly proud that it will help my tourism, and us as human beings. We have to realize that there are so many people out there that need our help and that we can overcome anything."
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