Though Tracy Maureen Perez was nervous after falling twice in the Miss World Philippines (MWP) 2021 pageant, she recalled how she decided to just smile it off and own the moment like a true queen.
In an interview with CNN Philippines’ New Day, Perez admitted that she initially thought her first falling incident in the MWP 2021 pageant, held midnight of Oct. 3 to early morning of Oct, 4, was a “bad sign.”
“Throughout the competition night, I was just really relaxed backstage… and the only time I felt really nervous was when I fell the first time. I thought to myself, ‘Is this a bad sign? Does this mean I’m not going to get the crown tonight?’” Perez said.
Despite being nervous, Perez decided to smile and own the moment. “I thought to myself, ‘This is my last pageant. This is my last try and I have to get back up there and just smile.’ Because it’s already there. It’s out there and I can never replace that. I can never erase that. Might as well just own it and just keep smiling.”
Perez also laughed as she looked back on her second fall in the pageant, noting that her gown “was already broken and the beads were falling off.”
After her viral falling incidents, Perez revealed that she’s currently practicing her pasarelas and making sure her gowns are in good condition in the Miss World 2021 pageant.
“The MWP preparations are also a practice and training ground for the Miss World pageant. I’ve been training with the same mentors with my pasarela, Q&A, and for my dances of the world… all of these preparations, I’m trying to learn every single thing,” she said.
Last month, Perez went viral on social media after she stumbled twice in the MWP 2021 coronation night where netizens expressed their concern for her condition.
Perez is set to represent the Philippines at the 70th Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico.