What happens when climbing the ladder of success means compromising everything you believe in…including yourself?
This debut novel by an actress and pageant title holder gives a window into the hidden rungs of that ladder, and on the pain that comes with slipping and falling.
Cleo is young, beautiful, talented and—until lately—lucky in love. But in the cut-throat world of international beauty competitions, she has to make the biggest decision of her life. She passionately wants to see how far she can go and what she can achieve. And to prove her estranged film director father that his family has done better than just survive without him. Her road is riddled with frustrations, dashed hopes and the age-old question—what is the price of fame and fortune?
As the competition heats up, Cleo must navigate the dirty tricks contestants use to turn the odds in their favor. And ultimately, she must ask herself: How much is her own integrity worth?
Set against the rich backdrop of Manila's glittering urban life, Queen of the Universe is about remembering who you are in the dizzying world of beauty contests and celebrity, told by an international influencer, model, actress and former Miss Universe.
About the Author: Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015, is a Philippine actress and model. She appeared in such Philippine films and television series as My Perfect You (2018), All About Love (2016), My Papa Pi (2021) and was awarded the PMPC Star Award for New Actress of the Year in 2018. An advocate for gender equality and right to sexuality, she was named a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. Follow her on Instagram at @piawurtzbach.