PH bet Rachel Peters makes it to Miss Universe Top 10

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — Philippines' Rachel Peters made it to the Top 10 of the 66th Miss Universe pageant.

The top 10 contestants are:

  1. Venezuela
  2. USA
  3. Philippines
  4. Canada
  5. South Africa
  6. Spain
  7. Brazil
  8. Colombia
  9. Thailand
  10. Jamaica

Peters, during her backstage interview with model Ashley Graham said she is overwhelmed to be a part of the Top 16, as a wild card candidate.

"Overwhelmed! I love you, guys! I just can't say thank you enough," she said as her Filipino fans behind her rooted for her.

Peters, a Filipino-British model, initially did not plan to join the pageant, but the encouragement of friends and family boosted her resolve.

"I've had a lot of people sending me messages, rooting for me, saying give it a shot. And for the longest time I kept trying to deny that I was a beauty queen but then eventually I came to my senses and realized if so many people believe in me, then there must be something there," she told CNN Philippines in May.

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere will turn over her crown to her successor, after her reign as the 65th titleholder and only the second woman from France to be crowned Miss Universe.