Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach said she would have herself tested to show the world–the universe, rather–the first step in addressing the HIV crisis.
In an exclusive interview with the Inquirer Lifestyle, Wurtzbach said she would join a public HIV testing in New York as part of her duties as the reigning queen.
“The first step is get yourself tested and to let yourself be informed. I have plans of getting tested myself, too,” Wurtzbach told INQUIRER.net in the interview.
“If I take the first step, then maybe others can follow suit. So I hope that they do, they really do,” she added.
During the question and answer portion of the Miss Universe tilt, Wurtzbach was asked about what she would do if she wins the most coveted crown.
“If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I will raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country, which is the Philippines,” Wurtzbach said.
Wurtzbach is the third Filipina to win the title, ending a title drought of 42 years for the Philippines.
The Philippines last took home the crown in 1973, courtesy of Margie Moran. It was a short wait after the victory of Gloria Diaz in 1969.
Wurtzbach inadvertently won the most awkward Miss Universe moment in history after its host Steve Harvey wrongfully crowned Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe 2015. Gutierrez had to be decrowned on live telecast to give way to the rightful queen. JE