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Miss Universe 2015: 8 Things to know about this year's winner, Pia Wurtzbach

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Everything you need to know about Miss Universe Philippines, 2015's reigning Miss Universe

Another Miss Universe competition is on the books! This year's show was a lively one — and did you catch judge Perez Hilton throwing an oh-so-public jab at Donald Trump?

The later portion of the pageant saw Miss U.S.A, Miss Universe Columbia and Miss Universe Philippines in the top three and, when all was said and done, fan favorite Miss Universe Philippines took home the crown.

Congratulations to #MissUniverse 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines.

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Here are some things to know about the new Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

1. She won everyone's hearts with the answer to her final question

Miss Universe viewers instantly took to Twitter to praise Wurtzbach's eloquent and thoughtful final speech of the competition.

2. She's no stranger to modeling

Wurtzbach is a already a professional poser, no doubt. She became an Avon model when she was 11 years old.

3. She's no quitter

We just finished our last rehearsal day before the big night. I can't believe it. I started training November 2012 and now it's December 2015. It took so long for me to earn this sash with 3 attempts in Miss Philippines. It was quite a journey and tomorrow it all ends on this one big night. Thank you to everyone's who's trained me, took care of me & helped me. I'd also like to say thank you to those who challenged me. Deciding to join Binibining Pilipinas was the best decision I've ever made. And wow, what an honor it is to represent our country in the most prestigious pageant ever. This may very well be the highlight of my life. Absolutely no regrets. Finally guys, and of course most importantly, I hope I inspired you. Never give up on your dreams and believe that dreams do come true! Walang susuko! Ang Pilipino, palaban. :) #MissUniverse #MissUniverso #ConfidentlyBeautiful #ThankYouForTheLove #ShinePinay #LabanPiaPinas

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Wurtzbach competed for the Miss Universe Philippines crown three times before winning the competition to qualify for the Miss Universe pageant.

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4. She was teased for her height when she was younger

Wurtzbach said in an interview with Sun Star magazine that she was bullied for being tall when she was growing up and fellow classmates called her "Piazilla." The unwanted teasing and nickname caused Wurtzbach to be timid and a self-described "wallflower."

5. She can cook

Wurtzbach graduated from the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan, Metro Manila, according to Sun Star.

6. She gave up on an acting career

"It all begins and ends with your mind. What you give power to has power over you"

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Before becoming a beauty queen, Wurtzbach was pursuing a career in acting. She ultimately decided to focus on pageants because she felt it was a better fit for her.

"[As an actress] you step into the set they give you a role, you have to act out. But as a beauty queen, I play myself. I am definitely more outspoken now," she said in an interview with "As a beauty queen, I play myself... This is who I am. Everything that’s coming out, my thoughts, my opinions, are from me. And that’s one thing I feel very different [about] because I am not playing a role but being myself. People are listening, and I really appreciate that."

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7. She believes looks aren't everything

Hi Ms Charlene! I'm not sure if you remember me but in 2013 we, the Bb Pilipinas winners of that year, had an interview with you in The Buzz. I remember you spoke to me backstage after & said that I should try again because the 1st runner up of your year also joined again & eventually got the Bb Pilipinas Universe title. I followed your advice & joined last year. Unfortunately did not make it to top 7 but then I tried again for the 3rd time this year & I finally won! I'd just like to say a big thank you for inspiring me to join again. You were the 1st Bb Pilipinas that I saw on TV as a kid. I remember it so vividly, after you won I tried to walk around the living room & tried to answer Q&A questions thrown by my mom. Anyway thank you so much. You're my first beauty queen idol & you're still one of my favorites! After the interview I saw your photo on the halls of ABSCBN, just outside our dressing room. I tried to take a photo of it when one of the staff members of The Buzz said "Bakit yan ang pinipicturan mo? Magpapicture ka nalang sa kanya. Halika sasamahan kita" and I said "OMG pwede ba? Sige po!" After we took this photo I went back to the dressing room and I was tearing up. Ara even saw it Yun lang po, I'm really a fan. @itsmecharleneg You are my #SuperPinoy Thank you!! #JRSuperPinoy #FoldedAndHung

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"Being a Miss Universe, you’re not just beautiful," she told the "You also have to have substance and most importantly, a genuine heart. You have to be really interested in other people, be compassionate."

8. She already has her own doll

Before Wurtzbach even won Miss Universe 2015, a Pia Doll already existed.

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