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Pia Wurtzbach’s Novel “Queen of the Universe” Is Based on Her Life Story

The beauty queen and actress talked about her upcoming book and what the readers should expect about its narrative


Truly, there is no shortage of new things to try for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Now an author, the 33-year-old beauty queen and actress is finally opening pre-orders for her book “Queen of the Universe.” Last August 8, Pia revealed more details about the story on her Instagram page. “By the way, here’s my book cover and I can’t wait for you to meet Cleo, the main character in my book,” Pia shared. 


To be released this coming September in the Philippines and November worldwide, the novel is available for local pre-order via National Bookstore and Fully Booked and Amazon for international shipping. “Stay tuned for launch and book signing schedules. I’ll be touring to meet you all!” Pia added.






In an exclusive interview with Metro.Style, Pia also opened up about having to put the book project on hold for quite a long time due to a number of factors including the pandemic. “Now, the time has finally come for me to launch my novel. I’m so excited,” she told us. “We announced it before the pandemic, but then, things happened. We thought we’d wait until the perfect moment, and now we’re finally here.”


Pia gave us a glimpse of what the narrative is about, too. “It’s loosely based on my life story, just loosely, just because she’s a girl who also competes in a beauty pageant,” she introduced, teasing the readers along the way. “A lot of things happened to her: she fell in love, there was a lot of drama going on, and maybe she didn't win the crown. We’ll see!” 


Apart from the character reveal, Pia emphasized that “Queen of the Universe” features a handful of Filipino representations as well. “There are Filipino elements to it—when you read; when you’re a foreigner,” she said, noting that they also fine-tuned the content so that both Filipinos and the global audience can relate. “You can read about the jeep. You will read places around the Philippines, so then you’ll know that the setting is here.”






“Queen of the Universe” revolves around the story of Cleo, the family breadwinner and an estranged daughter of a well-known filmmaker. She forays into the cutthroat industry of modeling and entertainment, where she discovers the hard compromise that she had to face in exchange for fame and fortune. 


Lead photos from @piawurtzbach

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