Congratulations on being a finalist of Miss Universe Peru this year. How do you feel?
Thank you. It's all so new and exciting. I'm grateful to have the opportunity, and yet I'm also a little nervous. There are so many amazing finalists, and we're all competing for the chance to represent Peru. I see that as a challenge and a responsibility, and both are humbling.
What part of the Miss Universe Peru Pageant program are you most looking forward to? How will you prepare the contest?
I'll certainly need to practice my catwalk, and maybe eat less fried food, haha! In all honestly, pageantry is new to me, so I have a lot to learn. The new Miss Universe organization has made it clear that you have to be more than just beautiful to earn a spot in their pageant. They want an example of a woman, with integrity, intelligence, and most importantly humility. But out of all, I'm mostly looking forward to learning how to connect with the Peruvian community in ways that I never have, both in Peru and internationally.
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
I think that social media is absolutely an advantage, but not just for me. It helps us all to connect and understand each other in ways that historically weren't possible. If being Miss Peru is partly about raising awareness and inspiring change on urgent issues, then there is perhaps no better way to get the message across.
I also think that social media helps to redefine the boundaries of what it means to be a community. Peruvians are everywhere, and while many of us have left to build families and lives in other countries, social media allows us to instantly engage with our cultural roots. I saw that first hand growing up in the U.S, and I think it's true regardless of distance or lines on a map. Peru has always been more than a country to me.
Pageant Fanatics already see you as one of the favorites for Miss Universe Peru. Do you feel under pressure?
I think that it's way too early to make predictions, but if I can naturally draw so much attention from our community, then imagine what we can do together when the conversation starts. I see that as a responsibility. So, yes, I feel pressure, but it's a healthy pressure because it reminds me that Miss Peru is about so much more than me. It's about Peru and our values and needs as a community. I'll do my best to respect that, both in competing for the crown and wearing it if I win.
Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past? What do you do?
I've always been passionate about charitable work, and I've volunteered a lot in the past for children's and animal welfare groups. Marketing, finance, and management play key roles in any charity. So, I'm working towards a business degree, and I've been thinking about getting an MBA.
What is your definition of beauty?
Love. Anything said or done with love, be it for your family, your faith, or your community. My mother taught me that, and it's a standard that I try to live by and aspire to. There's so much that we can be and do when we remember that.
Who is your favorite beauty queen?
I would say the current Miss Peru 2016 Valeria Piazza. Throughout her reign, she has shown that everything is possible if you believe in yourself and she has traveled all over Peru helping our most rural communities including in times of crisis (in March there were devastating floods in multiple parts of the country leaving many families without shelter, food or water. Not to mention the terrible damage left). Valeria gathered food, water and everything that could be of help and personally flew to different areas to help the needed.
Laura Spoya, Valeria Piazza and Pia Wurtzbach
This only sums up a part of it, but she has come to show that being a beauty queen is so much more than just being beautiful. One that will use her voice & presence to help make a difference in the world. She's a true example of what a beauty queen should be.
What do you want to be in the future?
My greatest ambition is to be a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister. I'm most fulfilled by that and giving back to the community. So, if I wanted to be any one thing in the future, I would have to say that I wanted to be what my mother was and still is for me - an inspiration.
That's part of what's so appealing to me about competing to be Miss Peru. Recent events in the U.S. have raised new challenges that effect many of us, specifically involving immigration and women's rights. I feel like the Miss organizations worldwide can be especially important and timely platforms to raise awareness about those issues. If I can inspire anyone to be more accepting of our differences, or to connect and give back to the community, or to make our time on Earth even a little better, then I will have made a difference.
Thanks to the beautiful Mariana for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Peru 2017 pageant.