We all know Pia Wurtzbach for her beauty and knowledge when she was crowned as the Miss Universe 2015. However, do you have an idea about the hardships she went through to get there? Let us get to know her more.
|Full Name||Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach|
|Birthday||September 24, 1989|
|Birthplace||Stuttgart, Baden-Wurtemberg, West Germany|
|Mother||Cheryl Alonzo Tyndall|
Beauty Pageant Title Holder
|Height||5ft 7in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||55kg (121 lbs)|
|Notable Roles||Miss Universe (2015)
My Perfect You (2018)
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the Miss Universe 2015, is a German-Filipina. The world knows her as a beauty queen. Join us as we unfold the story behind her success.
Early Life of Pia Wurtzbach
31 years ago, on September 24, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is born to a Filipina and a German couple, Cheryl Alonzo and Uwe Wurtzbach. She has a sister who is younger than her. With the naming practice in the Philippines, Pia is bringing her mother’s maiden name, Alonzo, along with his father’s last name.
Pia and her family went back to the Philippines and lived in Nothern Mindanao. They tried to settle in Iligan City first. But, they transferred to the city of Cagayan de Oro, a neighbor city of Iligan. There, she went to Kung Hua School during her kindergarten and went to Corpus Christi School for her primary education.
When Pia was nine years old, her parents separated and she matured to be her family’s breadwinner. It was her modeling and acting career that helped her. At the ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center, Pia finished her secondary education. Also, finished culinary arts for her college degree at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. After this, Pia spent some years in England.
Pia speaks fluently in English, Cebuano, and Filipino-Tagalog. More so, she knows how to speak in basic German.
Pia Wurtzbach’s Career Timeline
Before Pia trained for beauty pageants, she was an actress, host, TV personality, and professional model. Her first exposure to acting was when was 4 years old. She was under the Star Magic, a talent agency from the Philippines. She appeared in several television variety programs and films. But, for the time being, she decided to stop from showbusiness to focus on her pay more attention to her training for the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant.
During Pia’s pageantry, you would not believe this. Before she was crowned, it might be unexpected and unbelievable to say, but she attended the Binibining Pilipinas pageant thrice. During her first (2013), she became the 1st Runner-Up, but during her second try (2014) she was only part of the Top 15. Her luck went through her way when she joined for the third time (2015), she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas and later on given the title of Miss Universe 2015.
Her Filipino fans believe the Miss Universe 2015 was unforgettable. During the crowning of Miss Universe, the host, Steve Harvey, mistakenly announced Miss Colombia the Miss Universe. However, after Miss Colombia was crowned, Harvey returned to the stage and cleared up his mistake.
Did you know Pia Wurtzbach is the third Filipina who was crowned as the Miss Universe? She succeeded after Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margarita Moran (1973).
After Pia fulfilled her duties as the Miss Universe, she signed a contract with the Miss Universe Organization. She continues her advocacy after her reign. More so, Pia had her comeback in the showbusiness.
Dating History of Pia Wurtzbach
If you are the most beautiful woman in the Universe, you would expect more guys would be head-over-heels. Also, it would be not strange to have dating rumors everywhere! Here are some of the men who were captured by Pia’s beauty.
April 2015: Former President Noynoy Aquino
There were rumors of the former president courting Pia. But, she denied that they were dating. She only confirms that they talked a couple of times and Noynoy gave her flowers before she went to Las Vegas for the pageant. However, despite the sweet gesture of Noynoy, Pia made clear about her interest– and there was nothing else but the crown at that moment.
Late 2015: Past “Unknown” Lover
Before Pia attended for the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, she revealed in a talk show that she was dating that time. But, after the pageant, she was dumped by her then-boyfriend. Pia refused to disclose the name of her past lover in her interview with Boy Abunda.
January 2016: Atom Araullo
Did the hunky journalist, Atom Araullo, and Pia Wurtzbach have a relationship? When they were working on-cam, they were being flirty. But, with all their cheesy gestures, there is nothing but their friend-colleague relationship.
March 2016: Dr. Mike Varshavski
Who can date the Hottest Doctor Alive? Well, the Miss Universe herself.
Pia and Mike first met in New York at a charity event they attended. It was in April 2016 when Pia confirmed their relationship in an interview with Boy Abunda in Tonight with Boy Abunda.
After Pia returned from her work in Peru, Dr. Mike took Pia to a 50-shades inspired helicopter ride around New York. However, their relationship easily faded after a few months. Pia unfollowed and wiped out all their photos of Dr. Mike in her social media.
September 2016 to 2019: Marlon Stockinger
When their dating rumor sparked within social media, Pia initially denied their relationship. She emphasized that Marlon is a close friend of hers. However, in September 2016, Pia posted a picture with Marlon.
Their relationship had a fair share of happiness and struggles. Marlon had paternity issues with his twin daughters of Kit Barraquias. As Marlon claimed, he has Pia’s support with this matter.
They have endured constant breakup rumors. However, in September 2019, Pia attended the ABS-CBN ball alone. She had her birthday only with her closest friends and family. By December 2019, the business manager of Pia Wurtzbach confirmed their breakup. Neither Marlon nor Pia made a public statement about their breakup.
2020 – Present: Jeremy Jauncey
Dating rumors sparked between Pia and Jeremy Jauncey, the CEO of Beautiful Destinations and contributing travel editor of Tatler Asia when several of their photos are being tied up. When they confirmed their relationship, they share their story. Jeremy and Pia met in London through Tatler, and felt an “immediate spark”.
However, despite their immediate and warm connection, the two took time to get to know each other and became exclusive.
Pia Wurtzbach’s Net Worth
The Universe knows Pia as a model-actress and beauty pageant titleholder. But, did you know she’s one of the top 10 highest-paid models this year (2020)? Yes! Her estimated combined earnings are approximately $58 million.
With her upfront payments, profit, residuals, and endorsements Pia Wurtzbach have an estimated net worth of $185 million. But, she does not only owe this to her works. Pia has a long list of passive incomes. She has a smart stock investment, property holdings, several restaurants, a Vodka brand, and she even launched a perfume and fashion line.
What a triumph it is for Pia and her supporters!
Interesting Facts about Pia Wurtzbach
- Pia has dual citizenship, her last name might have given you a hint. Her mother gave birth to Pia in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. However, she was not raised in Germany. When she was at an early age, Pia moved back to the Philippines and was raised in Cagayan de Oro City.
- “Practice makes perfect”, Pia may be the Miss Universe in 2015, but it took her three attempts to win the crown for Binibining Pilipinas. She joined the pageant for three consecutive years. It was a tough ride, but look where she is now?
- Pia Wurtzbach is the first Filipino to have a Madame Tussaud wax figurine at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. She brought pride to the Philippines, and she was an iconic Miss Universe, she deserves it!
- Finished college with a culinary degree.
FAQs about Pia Wurtzbach
You may find some of these questions informational about Pia Wurtzbach.
What is Pia Wurtbach’s advocacy?
Pia is the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. She is one of those who lead the HIV advocacy efforts. She launched an awareness campaign along with a public screening for HIV. More so, even after her reign, Pia remains to continue her advocacy.
Can a Miss Universe candidate have a boyfriend?
Candidates can have a boyfriend but it may be a distraction if he’s not supportive, right? Might as well not to have one. But, Miss Universe candidates should not be married or pregnant. Also, when they earn the title, the Miss Universe should remain unmarried throughout her reign.
Does Miss Universe get paid?
A few years back, Esquire Magazine reports that Miss Universe titleholders are being paid more than six-figures for their annual salary. But, the organization of Miss Universe has always been tight-lipped when it comes to discussing the prize package.
What does Miss Universe get for winning the title?
Other than a money prize, the Miss Universe candidate will receive several supplies and essentials for a year. These supplies include hair and makeup products. Meanwhile, they will also enjoy a modeling portfolio by one of the most renowned photographers. Other than that they have a year of free consultations form professional nutritionists.