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

Dec 20, 2015 at 11:46 p.m. ET

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.


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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


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


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 rappler.com. "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


"Being a Miss Universe, you’re not just beautiful," she told the inquirer.net. "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.

Who were you rooting for in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant?