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EXCLUSIVE: Katarina Rodriguez Talks About The Start Of Her Miss World Journey

It's official!

Metro.Style cover girl Katarina Rodriguez is giving pagentry—and claiming the crown—another try. This time, she's got her eyes and her heart set on giving the Philippines its second Miss World win. 

The 26-year-old talks about her renewed intentions of becoming a pageant titleholder in an interview with Mero.Style, why Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra is her role model, and how much she's changed since she took the stage as Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017. 

Read on to learn what Katarina herself had to say!


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What's the motivation behind your decision to join Miss World?

My main motivation truly would have to be my supporters and the Filipinos who expected me to join one more time, my last eligible opportunity. After all the support and love they gave me in 2017, I felt like I owe it to them to continue with pageantry and remember why I followed this path in the first place. 


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Is it safe to say that your Miss Intercontinental experience didn't discourage you at all from trying pageantry again? 

Not at all! In fact, it was such a huge, fulfilling stepping stone for me. It’s what sparked my passion for pageantry and gave me that drive to try again. 


What did you learn from Miss Intercontinental that you can use when you participate in Miss World?

Preparation and organization, always being earlier, and prioritizing what I need to do to win the crown. 



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How much have you developed, personally and professionally, since your 2017 pageant? How different are you from what you were like this time around last year?

I feel like I (finally) have the hang of it all—things like how to communicate with the production, the client, my co-talents. And I now understand the importance in what I wear and how I carry myself. This time last year, I was still trying to figure out how to nail that consistent momentum and how to stay focused on what really mattered to me. I’m a woman now. 


What are the best words of advice you've received for this decision? 

To enjoy myself. To do exactly what I did in Intercontinental, but have more fun with it all. 


Do you have a role model you're looking up to for inspiration?

My role model would be Priyanka Chopra. She’s come such a long way from first being a Miss World. Aside from being a successful Bollywood actress, she’s now a successful Hollywood actress and she’s kept her core substance of having been a Miss World. Her posts are still so raw and real, inspiring and advocacy-related. She’s still trying to help better our world. 


READ: Katarina Rodriguez: "I Hope To Join Again For A Different Crown"



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Seeing the bigger picture, do you think that your pageantry experience has made you more capable of handling life itself? 

Of course! In fact, it’s made me who I am today. I’d say the challenges in joining pageants can be almost addictive.


What are the misconceptions about pageants that you wish to debunk? 

That it’s about women being catty. There are girls who are like that, I’ll admit, but I always say those girls don’t get the point of pageants. Pageantry is meant to be about women empowerment. In any competition, it’s foolish to compare any two girls because we are so different and, more importantly, are at different points in our lives. I stick to myself, only worry about my progress and the things I need to do while in a pageant. So far, I have yet to come across any other candidate who has wronged me. 



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What do you want to prove by winning a title? 

I don’t want to prove anything. And I haven’t been trying to prove anything. I don’t want to conquer the world; I want to help make it better. 



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Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz

Photography by Ria Regino

Styling by PJ Almera

Makeup by Katchie Mejias of New Monarq Creativx using Nars Cosmetics

Hairstyling by MJ Rone for Revlon Professional