Hope returns to Mexico 34
the story of Amanda Olivares, 2nd. runner - up in Miss Universe
May 24, 1988, the Mexican headlines
Get Mexican 2nd. Runner up in Miss Universe Pageant
After decades with out make semi finals in Miss Universe, beautiful
woman from Puebla, Amanda OIivares Phillips get for Mexico 2nd.
Runner up spot.
Nevertheless not all was “honey”, because after weeks
of “cameras and lights”, the beautiful Miss Mexico denounced
openly a truth non very know about beauty pageants in México.
Here are her words:
"I won my spot by myself"
"I have suffered a lot, I have put everything of my part and
I have not found the support to the value regarding my efforts".
With that expression, Amanda Beatriz Olivares Phillip, 22 years
old that May 23rd, surprised Mexico when obtained the second runner
up spot in Miss Universe contest, reflects the hardships that happened
when the support from the Miss Mexico Organisation was null.
The meaning in Mexico in to get a a high spot in beauty pageants
is under discussion, because Amanda and top 5 in Miss Mexico received
an invitation from the President of Mexico, “I think due the
high spot I got in Miss Universe, it should be an invitation to
National finalist and another one for me, not together, I don’t
go until I receive a invitation only for me” says.
Amanda says is overwhelmed with offers to work,
although these coming when most critical situation has gone.
“I don’t have any cents in the bank, the prizes won
in State and National pageant it was used in order to buy my clothes
for Miss Universe and the money I was receiving as Miss Mexico I
used it for paying my trips and clothes, that is one of disadvantages
a Miss Mexico when go to Miss Universe, but rather Miss USA, Miss
Venezuela or Miss Colombia all clothes is practically putted in
their suitcase and all expenses are paid."
With out deny her satisfaction
for the triumph, Amanda reveals that there were moments between
her father Alberto Olivares Sierra and Antonio Kuri (State Member)
in what they did heads or tails in order to decide who is going
to buy a dress for wearing in Miss Universe.
“I want to clarify something; it says that thanks to the “preparation”
of Miss Mexico Organization I went high in Miss Universe, that’s
no true, the only preparation I was received was 10 classes of History
of Mexico and one moth of aerobics, that’s all!!, I think
to travel, to met people, talk in front of cameras and radio, answer
difficult questions is what helped me for feel confident and not
personalities classes, or English, modelling etc.”
Amanda admit did not take classes, because she felt did not need
“This year, the new Miss Mexico (Adriana Abascal) is only
17 years old, she is very young and needs preparation and she is
going to take it”
Although preparation classes are
not structured also, Amanda thinks success will depend the person.
Is very important the type of person chosen for Miss Mexico, because
she have to do her best in Miss Universe with determination and
confident, other way if the contest is taking no seriously you could
not make semifinalist.
For me was very important to make proud Mexicans
and put in the map my country because there is a misconception about
Miss Mexico, when arrived there; they told me you are same like
ones of last years, “first met me and then talk” they
mean, I arrived with disadvantages because of misconception, for
me was very important make a difference, I don’t know why
has passed 34 years from 3rd runner up’s Ana Bertha Lepe for
a success in Miss Universe. I don’t know if the last Miss
Mexico did their best like me, but I did my 100% from I put my first
foot til the end of the contest”
“It had an impeccable image
from my arrive, the way of walking, I try to do it well in the choreography
because I wanted to be ahead, I knew being ahead I had more exposure
and I considered the interview as the most important of all stages
more than bathing suite or national costume competition, because
it was the chance that judges met me, and know what Amanda thinks.”
“I don’t know if the
last ones did their best,” insists “but I know few of
them that just taken the contest as vacations with all paid.”
were conformist, some of them told me, Amanda just fun! Don’t
worry, you are not going to win, you are not going to make the semifinalist,
because Mexico never make the cut!!”, that was exactly a challenge
for me, to make the semifinalist and did my 100% and after that
I would not make the semifinalist, that because it was not for me.
In a confident way, Amanda remember
the pleasing and the ingrate moments during Miss Universe, when
she was in Taiwan, one day before the international pageant gave
symbolically the Miss Mexico Crown in her country, no body mentioned
her name once, during the National Event.
“No one says in Miss Mexico
Pageant that the current Miss Mexico was in Taiwan doing her best
in order to make proud Mexico, that hurt me too much” says,
“just I hope doesn’t happen again with the next Miss
“I would like to give a message
to Mexican woman, a message of fight and confident for doing her
best, I didn’t go high in Miss Universe just because of my
physical beauty of internal beauty but rather because of I did my
Our thanks to Art (Canada)
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