69th Miss Universe Top 5 question and answer portion

Prior to their final statement, the Top 5 delegates of the 69th Miss Universe competition went through a question and answer portion.

They randomly picked a number that corresponds to the name of the member of the selection committee who then asked them a question and they had to respond within 30 seconds.

Here are their answers to the questions:

If you were the leader of your country. How would you have handled COVID-19 pandemic?

Mexico, Andrea Meza: "I believe there's not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19. However, I believe that what I would have done was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people that's why I would have taken care of them since the beginning."

Should countries lockdown due to COVID-19 despite the strain on their economies or should they open their borders and risk a potential increase in infection rates?

India, Adline Castelino: "Well, coming from India and witnessing what India is experiencing right now, I have realized something very important, that nothing is more important than your health, of your loved ones. And you have to draw a balance between economy and health. And that can only be done when the government works with the people, hand in hand, and produces something that will work with the economy."

In many countries, women are still considered incapable of being world leaders. Convince these countries that they're wrong.

Brazil, Julia Gama: "Women are such an important part of the society. And just because we are not encouraged in the same way that it means we have our potential wasted. The world need women contributions because we came for some reason, and I invite every woman to understand that we are the leaders of our lives. And yes, we can do a lot for our communities. So please take your power."

The night she won Miss Universe, Zozi Tunzi explained the importance of teaching leadership to young girls. How would you do that as Miss Universe?

Dominican Republic, Kimberly Jimenez: "I come from a family completely filled with women of which have propelled me to help them today. Working with my non-profit Niños de Cristo, I understand that I don't need a title to be able to help others and to be able to support them."

What would you say to the woman watching tonight who are currently experiencing sexual or domestic abuse?

Peru, Janick Maceta: " I will tell them that I admire their strength, that they're survivors. And that I've been there too. I became the hero of my own story. That's why I advocate to save little girls from being victims. They’re survivors, they’re heroes. They have the power. And don't ever, ever make anyone silence your voice."

The 69th Miss Universe pageant was held on Sunday, May 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, where Andrea Meza of Mexico won her country's third Miss Universe title.

Photos: Miss Universe Organization

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