The Miss Universe pageant recently started releasing the video features on the contestants, and Maxine Medina’s ‘Up Close’ video came out yesterday.
“When I first started on this journey, I was just a simple girl. I didn’t expect anything,” Maxine said in the beginning of the video.
Watch Maxine’s Up Close feature below:
The mini feature shows clips of Manila, and shows Maxine talking about her childhood.
The beauty queen also talked about choosing to become an interior designer, and her journey to Miss Universe.
“I chose interior design because I love creating space. Space affects how we heal, how we work, how we deal with our life,” she said in the 45-second clip.
Online voting for Miss Universe 2017 began on January 23. Fans can cast their vote for their bet until the 28th to get them to the Top 12.
Fans can vote up to 10 times per day, per registered account on vote.missuniverse.com, the official Miss Universe app (MISS U APP), on Twitter by using the #MissUniverse hashtag accompanied by the specific country, or through the new messaging app Vodi.
During the live telecast, fans will be able to continue casting their votes. For every round in the competition, fans will have 10 votes to allot for the semi-finalists, allowing them to take virtual seats as judges in the pageant.
The country’s bet Maxine Medina trended on Tuesday with #MaxinePhilippinesUniverse2016.
The three-hour Miss Universe special programming event is the first one where semi-finalists will be grouped into the Top 12, nine, six and three.
This will allow viewers to learn more about the contestants, their accomplishments and objectives as Miss Universe.
Online voting will end on January 28, Saturday at 9 p.m. The coronation will be on January 30, where reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach will crown the next beauty queen.
Musical acts, judges announced
Steve Harvey will once again host the pageant, along with model Ashley Graham as backstage correspondent.
Grammy award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men will perform during the pageant, along with Flo Rida.
This year’s judges will be the following:
- Cynthia Bailey, a TV star and former model. She is also the founder of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion.
- Dayanara Torres, author, model, actress, former UNICEF ambassador and former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico.
- Francine LeFrak, a women’s empowerment activist and founder of Same Sky, which provides training and employment to HIV-postivite women survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.
- Leila Lopes, a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Desertification and the first Miss Universe from Angola. She is currently working with charitable organizations in Africa.
- Mickey Boardman, the editorial director for PAPER, a fashion and pop-culture magazine.
- Riyo Mori, an actress, model, dancer and the 2007 Miss Universe from Japan.
- Sushmita Sen, a Bollywood actress, entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder of I AM Foundation and a former Miss Universe from India.