Almost all the people agreed that Maxine Medina was one of the prettiest Filipina contestants to represent the Miss Universe pageant.
Despite her beauty factor, Maxine fell short Last January 30 finishing in the Top 6.
Judge Leila Lopes said that Maxine is beautiful and was also very classy.
She was supported by the crowd but she lacked something.
Margie Moran, Miss Universe 1973, said that Maxine lacked confidence in answering and also lacked understanding the question that was asked.
The question for the Filipina candidate was: What is the most significant change you’ve seen in the world in the last 10 years?
Medina answered: ‘In the last 10 years of being here in the world, I saw all the people bringing in one event like this in Miss Universe. It’s something big to us that we are one. As one nation, we are all together. Thank you. Maraming salamat po.’
Her being the first contestant to be placed on the spotlight during the question-and-answer round may have doubled the stress and pressure on her.
Maxine was also often criticized for her allegedly poor English and communication skills before the pageant started.
People see that she was scared and they could feel it, Moran said.
Pageant trainer Jonas Gaffud, who mentored both Medina and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, said the supposed home-court advantage did not bring her any good for Medina plus the clamor for a back-to-back Miss Universe title win also proved to be a burden for Maxine.
Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz said Medina should not be criticized for her answer because for Gloria, the question was very difficult and that until now she could not think of an answer.
‘Winning Miss Universe doesn’t make you the most beautiful, doesn’t mean you’re the smartest but it just means you are the luckiest,’ Diaz added.