Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach has crowned the new Miss Peru 2016 and applauded a “plus-size” candidate.

After she passed the crown to the new Miss Universe Philippines, Wurtzbach flew to Peru to join the panel of judges for the Miss Peru 2016 pageant over the weekend, Rappler reported. She crowned Valeria Piazza as the new Miss Peru who will also represent her country at the Miss Universe 2016.

The reigning Miss Universe also extended her best wishes to Piazza on Instagram: “Congratulations Valeria Piazza, Miss Peru 2016! Well deserved! She’s so humble and genuine. Stay sweet! See you at Miss Universe!”

Prior to the Miss Peru pageant, Wurtzbach entertained several questions from the press where she was asked about Mirella Paz, one of the candidates who is said to be the first plus-sized candidate in the Miss Peru pageant.

“She may not be what society’s standards are of a beauty queen should be. But that’s what the people think. And that’s not reality. I think that she shows what a real woman is, who is confident in herself, who joined the pageant without hesitations. And I think that’s the symbol and a perfect example of what a beauty queen should be,” said Wurtzbach.

She also shared her experience as a beauty pageant candidate who was criticised for being overweight, GMA News reported. “I won on my third try in Miss Philippines and I was one of the heaviest candidates. I was scrutinised for that but I used it as motivation before going on to Miss Universe,” the beauty queen said.

Wurtzbach called Paz on her Instagram post as an “inspiration” and applauded her courage and confidence as she participated in Miss Peru 2016.

“The inspiration! The one who made a statement! I applaud this girl for fighting for what she wants. That’s what it’s all about. Happy to know that we’ll be seeing Mirella again at the next Miss Peru pageant! Felicedades! Your presence alone on that stage made a huge statement globally. Congratulations,” the current Miss Universe said.

Paz made it to top 10 of the Miss Peru pageant.

Meanwhile, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is also hoping to visit Ecuador which was recently hit by a devastating earthquake.