'I am a Filipina’: Fil-Kiwi beauty rejects offer to represent New Zealand in Miss Universe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2021 Victoria Vincent confirmed that she was offered to represent New Zealand in the Miss Universe pageant this year, but she declined the offer.

The 26-year-old Filipino-Kiwi beauty revealed that she received the offer shortly after the Miss Universe Philippines coronation night last Sept. 30.

“After a week of contemplation, countless discussions with my family, friends, and team, I eventually came to the decision to politely decline the offer,” Vincent said in an Instagram post.

“My heart is, and always will be here to serve the Philippines. Some may say I’m not Filipina enough, and that’s ok. I know who I am. I know what I stand for. I am a Filipina,” she added.

Vincent also thanked the Miss Universe New Zealand organization for considering her “for the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“So many people will say I’m crazy for turning down this opportunity, but I had to choose what I know in my heart was the right thing to do,” she said.

Vincent represented the province of Cavite in the second edition of the national pageant.

Meanwhile, Beatrice Luigi Gomez of Cebu City will represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Eilat, Israel in December.