The Miss Universe pageant is not just about having the candidates compete for beauty. Each country's representative is also expected to have a kind heart and compassion that coincides with the organization’s causes. During the glamorous red carpet event held at the SMX Convention Center, we asked a few candidates what they would do to empower the world if they won the title. Here are their answers to our Q&A:

Tania Dawson, Miss New Zealand

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“I’m an educator in New Zealand so, I’m a high school teacher. I put a lot of emphasis on education so I believe that young women need to not get more educated but to find the right education for them. If they want to be an engineer, then they should be an engineer. They should be able to find the right vocational pathway to get into their course. If they want to be a makeup artist, yes, go and be a makeup artist. It’s all about building towards a better future so that when you leave your education, you’ve got a strong foundation to survive and create a family and a living - that’s something I would like to push if I win Miss Universe.”

Sirey Moran, Miss Honduras


“I have a big passion for charity events and I have a big dream to build a foundation that will help kids and women who are in need - so definitely Miss Universe is the perfect platform to do all this.”

Catalina Cáceres, Miss Chile


“I would really like to empower women, but since my country is suffering right now from one of the biggest fires in human history, my priority would be helping [out]. I know Miss Universe promotes a lot of causes but my priority would be helping my country to stand up again because we are losing towns completely because of this huge fire. And for me, empowering women is about education and making them feel good about themselves so that they can believe that they can achieve everything.”

Shirly Karvinen, Miss Finland


“If I would have the honor to win Miss Universe there are a lot of different and important subjects that I want to spread awareness of, but I think the most important thing is [that] I want to encourage women especially to educate themselves, to empower themselves to the women that they are because when they do, they can achieve any goals they ever want to in life - and that is the message that I want to send to everyone all around the world.”

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Siera Bearchell, Miss Canada


“I feel excited for the final show because this is what we worked for for the last couple of weeks. I’m excited, I’m confident, and of course I’m going to miss all the girls. If I’m to win, I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing and that’s sharing messages on social media and then hopefully be able to speak to young women around the world, so I’m talking about self-confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, and all that other stuff that really needs to be talked about.”

Charlene Leslie, Miss Aruba


“How am I going to empower women around the world? I think a great part about feeling empowered is being able to empower others by motivating them by finding their own qualities and really giving them that strength and state of mind that you need to become confidently beautiful.”

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