Filipino fans were lost for words when Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Rachel Peters’ name was not called in the Asia-Pacific and Africa card, but heaved a sigh of relief when she was the first candidate to be included in the wildcard category.
From 92 contestants all over the globe, it was then trimmed down to 16 ladies then just 10 outstanding women.
In a quick interview with American model Ashley Graham, Peters admitted being alarmed after her name was not called in the Asia-Pacific and Africa card.
“After they finished calling Asia, I was like, ‘Oh my goodness. What is happening?’ But you know, everything happens for a reason,” Peters said.
Singer-songwriter Fergie took to the stage and performed her hit single “A Little Work” during the pageant’s evening gown competition.
For Peters, she wore a gorgeous silver gown with a long slit accentuating her legs and curves while simultaneously maintaining her sophistication.
As fans waited for their respected countries to be called, down to the top 5 were South Africa followed by Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica, and Colombia.
26-year-old Rachel Peters has always been vocal with her advocacy of “celebrating one’s individuality” by accepting and loving oneself for who they truly are.
The coveted 2017 Miss Universe crown was won by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa giving the nation its 2nd win with the first being in 1978.