Kris Tiffany Janson brought honor to the country in the 43rd Miss Intercontinental pageant in Magdeburg, Germany, on Thursday (Friday in Manila), placing third and winning two special awards—Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania and Miss Photogenic.
Miss Intercontinental 2014 is Paraporn Wang of Thailand and first runner-up is Jeslie Merugal of Cuba.
Kris owned the stage in the swimsuit and evening gown competition and wowed judges in the question-and-answer portion.
She was asked, “If you would meet a famous person celebrity no matter still alive or dead, who would you like to meet and why?”
To which she answered, “If I were to meet a famous person, I would want to meet Malalai Yousafzai. She’s a kid who fought for her right to education… And if I would be lucky enough to bring home the crown, I would have a louder voice and be the voice of the voiceless and use this to help more people and bring happiness and joy to other people. Daankishen.”
In a statement, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. said: “We would like to congratulate Miss Kris Tiffany Janson. The special recognition illustrates worldwide acclaim and appreciation for Filipina beauty, grace and substance, and we are proud of Kris’ accomplishment.”
Kris will be extending her stay in Germany indefinitely until tropical storm Ruby passes. Despite the distance, she sent a message: “I thank my fellow Filipinos who have shown overwhelming support to me during the competition. I am praying for my kababayan [countrymen]to keep safe during the storm.”
The title of Miss Intercontinental 2014 Queens were given to the best representatives per continent. The Philippines tied with Thailand in Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania. Miss Intercontinental Africa was given to South Africa, Miss Intercontinental North America to Miss Cuba, Miss Intercontinental Europe to Miss Portugal, Miss Intercontinental South America to Miss Argentina.
Other special awards included Best Body for Miss South Africa, Best in National Costume for Panama, Best in Evening Gown for Puerto Rico and Miss Congeniality for Miss Canada.