Celeste Cortesi ended her Miss Universe 2022 journey early, failing to advance to the pageant’s Top 16. The coronation night happened in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on Saturday, January 14 (Sunday morning, January 15 in PH time).
This is the first time since 2010 that the Philippines did not make it to the pageant’s semi-finals. We recall that Cebu City’s Beatrice Luigi Gomez who is also the first openly bisexual woman crowned Miss Universe Philippines finished in the top 5 of last year’s competition.
The countries that made it into Miss Universe 2022’s Top 16 are:
- Puerto Rico
- Dominican Republic
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
In an earlier post, the country’s pageant organization Miss Universe Philippines expressed its gratitude for Cortesi’s participation. “You inspired us with your beauty, grace, and perseverance. Thank you for giving an amazing performance for the country, Celeste Cortesi,” they wrote on their official Facebook Page.
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