Haiti’s Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe runner-up 2017, stops in …
February 3, 2017 - miss universe
“In a news, there was always something they were observant about Haiti and it wasn’t positive. we wanted to change that,” she said. “I wanted Haiti to make a news and for a news to be good and for everybody in a universe to see that Haiti is good and Haiti matters. I’m blissful we achieved that.”
It has been 42 years — 1975 — given a nation has had a runner-up in a pageant, Gerthie David.
Pelissier was good wakeful of a hopes that complacent on her. “I wanted to do this for my country,” she said. “They’ve been watchful a prolonged time.”
Still, some trust that Pelissier, 25, was short-changed when she wasn’t crowned, speculating that Haiti’s scattered domestic landscape had kept a climax out of her reach. Pelissier doesn’t trust that, recalling that in 2011, Miss Angola — Leila Lopes — was crowned Miss Universe notwithstanding her nation’s problems.
On Thursday, scores of Haitians, including luminary DJ Michael Brun, incited adult during a invitation-only eventuality to respect Pelissier, who is posterior a master’s grade in optometry during a university in Madrid. She hopes to one day find a heal for blindness.
“Her position represents a lot for immature women who demeanour adult to her and see her as a purpose model,” pronounced Mia Lopez, a Miami publicist who orderly a eventuality with dual other Haitian-American friends. “She was dynamic to somehow pierce Haiti to a forefront.”
While many contestants ready their whole lives for a manifestation like Miss Universe, Pelissier usually began her bid in Aug when she won her initial beauty competition. She credits her success to “determination and meaningful who we are and what we have.”
Lacking sponsorship and supervision support other contestants enjoyed, Pelissier launched an assertive amicable media campaign. She lifted income on GoFundMe and kept supporters sensitive by posting on Instagram and Snap Chat. On Twitter, fans increased her form by tweeting that they had voted for her. Between Jan. 24-28, fans were authorised to pre-vote for their favorite contestant, pulling them into a Top 12.
Meanwhile, fans followed Pelissier’s each pierce on amicable media. “We knew what Haitian designers she was wearing, where she was going, who she was assembly with,” Lopez said.
Lopez and friends Angie Bell, who promotes Haitian artisans, and Wanda Tima-Gilles, boss of L’Union Suite, a renouned Haitian-American amicable platform, primarily had designed a easier welcome. They were going to raise acquire signs during Miami International Airport, congratulating Pelissier, who is smooth in 5 languages, including English and German.
But afterwards they motionless to go bigger.
“The response has been incredible,” pronounced Lopez, who had to stop holding RSVPs after receiving some-more than 200 in reduction than 24 hours. “There are like 12 to 15 former manifestation winners who responded, mothers who wanted to pierce their daughters.”
Pelissier was awed by a reception.
“I didn’t win a crown, though I’ve cowed so many hearts,” she said.