Filipino beauty queens have become consistent when it comes to placing in top positions in Miss Universe and other international pageants in the past decade.
This all happened since Venus Raj placed 4th runner-up in the 2010 Miss Universe. The Philippines, since then, has consistently made it to the Top 10. These were spotlighted with victories by Pia Wurtzbach (2015) and Catriona Gray (2018).
The streak was discussed when Raj was interviewed by television writer G3 San Diego for her show #LiveWithG3 on Instagram last Monday, November 2.
It turns out many people have been telling Raj about her starting the streak for quite some time now.
While the beauty queen said it was flattering, she refused to take all the credit behind putting the Philippines back on the map of international pageantry.
“Alam mo every time na naririnig ko iyan and people would at least give credit to what I did before, I’m like, no. I can’t really take the credit for these things because hindi naman talaga kasi [ako 'yung dahilan],” she said.
“I think the reason why we win every year is because we are also sending amazing, beautiful and intellectual women in the Miss Universe pageant. Siguro nagkataon din talaga, the Lord has a way of introducing me to people,” she added.
She, then, recalled her time during Miss Universe 2010 where she confessed that she only hoped to be part of the Top 5.
“I was telling myself at that time, fourth runner-up lang okay na ako. 'Yun talaga ang mindset ko at that time. I don’t have the drive and the desire to get the crown. Although I was saying, ‘Okay we’re gonna win Miss Universe,’ pero at the back of my mind, I was like, ‘Yeah okay lang naman pero parang hindi pa ako ready for that.’ I was just 22 at that time. When I was announced fourth runner up, tuwang tuwa na ako noon,” she said.
She added how she was glad that God did not give her the prestigious crown and title at the time.
“If He did, alam mo I am gonna be staying in New York for a year. I am gonna be working there. I’ll be away from my family. I don’t think at that time my core is really grounded. I don’t think at that time, I can decide for myself. I don’t think at that time, I am mature enough to handle the situation around me,” she said.
Upon returning to the Philippines after competing in Miss Universe, Raj reflected on how she came to know the Lord more.
“What an amazing time. I had a foretaste of success but I am so glad that I did not reach the top because something beautiful sometimes can ruin us. I realized that if that was given to me, it might be a dangerous thing for me,” she said.
Raj was known for her viral answer during the 2010 pageant's question and answer portion, wherein she was asked about the biggest mistake she made in her life.
She responded by saying she has never had any mistake in her life, citing the would-be mistake as a "major, major" problem. The answer would bag Raj the position of 4th runner-up in the pageant.