MANILA – Michelle Dee considers her Miss World stint a learning experience as she looked back on her journey as a contestant in the international pageant.
In an Instagram post, the Filipina beauty queen said Miss World “has made me a better, stronger, and wiser person overall.”
“As I’ve said time and again, everything happens for a reason,” she said, seemingly referring to her loss. “We all stood on that stage driven by passion and a unified goal to make this world a better place in our own ways.”
Dee went on to thank all those who have supported her as she competed in Miss World, saying she “can’t be anymore luckier.”
“I definitely wouldn’t have made it this far without all of you, so thank you so much for your overwhelming support. You were my strength, my purpose, my anchor, and it gives me so much pride to be called Filipino,” she said.
“We definitely showed the world what we had to offer as one nation and I hope I made you all proud. I can’t wait to see you all back home!”
Dee finished in the Top 12 of Miss World 2019, with the pageant won by Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News shortly after being crowned, Singh described Dee as “phenomenal.”
Only Megan Young has so far won the Miss World crown for the Philippines. She competed in 2013, and has since been a co-host in the pageant.