The Highs & Lows in Erica Robin’s Miss Universe Journey

Erica Robin detailed her journey to becoming Miss Universe Pakistan, revealing the highs and lows along the way.

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"But then I started getting threats.”

At just 25 years old, Erica Robin has made a significant mark as the first-ever Miss Universe Pakistan. Her journey to this achievement, however, was far from easy.

Despite the glamorous facade of beauty pageants, Erica faced numerous challenges and obstacles along the way.

She shared her story on Frieha Altaf’s podcast FWhy.

From the outset, Erica encountered scepticism and criticism, particularly on social media where trolls targeted her relentlessly.

She said that she had no idea about the workings of Miss Universe.

Erica revealed: “I filled out the form without even knowing if it was authentic, and then I got an email that I had been shortlisted.”

She ended up being interviewed and among 200 models, she was shortlisted as one of 20 Miss Universe Pakistan candidates.

However, Erica was subjected to hurtful comments and even threats, tarnishing what should have been a celebratory moment.

She said: “It was supposed to be a special moment. But then I started getting threats.”

One of the most daunting aspects of Erica’s journey was the rigorous preparation required for the beauty pageant.

She had to undergo extensive training to improve her walking and public speaking skills, areas where she initially lacked confidence.

“Training was tough. I cried at night. They told me I didn’t know how to walk properly, and I couldn’t talk in front of the camera to save my life!

“I had to practice talking in the mirror every morning when putting on my makeup!”

Additionally, Erica faced bureaucratic hurdles when obtaining travel documents for the competition.

But Erica Robin persisted, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to representing Pakistan on the global stage.

Financial constraints also posed a significant challenge for Erica.

Despite representing her country, she received little financial support from either the government or the fashion industry.

Erica Robin had to fund much of her training and travel expenses out of her own pocket.

Despite these obstacles, Erica remained steadfast in her pursuit of success.

She persevered through the toughest moments, relying on her own determination and resourcefulness to overcome adversity.

Erica also shed light on the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding Pakistan.

As she competed on the global stage, Erica challenged preconceived notions about her country.

Looking ahead, Erica hopes to inspire other young women to pursue their dreams, regardless of the challenges they may face.

She sees her experience as a platform to advocate for causes she believes in, particularly those related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

A social media user said: “She’s a very strong woman. She actually represented Pakistan in a positive light internationally. And that too at her own expense.”

One said: “So proud of her. The ones giving death threats should be held accountable.”

Another added: “The government not sponsoring such things is the reason Pakistan will never flourish.”

Ayesha is a film and drama student who adores music, arts and fashion. Being highly ambitious, her motto for life is, "Even the Impossible spells I'm Possible"

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