Inihayag niya ang sagot sa isang panayam kay Boy Abunda, sa tanong sa kanya na: “If you could live one year in another woman’s shoes, who would you choose and why?”
Sagot ni Michelle, “If I could choose in any woman’s shoes, it would be Apo Whang-od. She’s an amazing symbol of cultural preservation. She has been defying boundaries, stereotypes, and that is something that I have tried to inspire everybody around me as well, which is to hone your unique story, own your traditions, love where you came from, love who you’re surrounded with.” Matatandaang suot ni Michelle ang nakakamanghang black dress na inspired ng tattoo artist noong evening gown competition ng pageant.
“And truly with that unique story, you can make your country proud, you can show the universe what your country has to offer and in my case, my love for our country can really shake the whole universe as well,” dagdag pa niya.
Si Sheynnis Palacios ng Nicaragua ang kinoronahang Miss Universe 2023 kasama si Antonia Porsild ng Thailand bilang first runner-up.
Bagama’t natapos ang kanyang laban sa Top 10, nakuha naman ni Michelle ang mga parangal para sa Best in National Costume, ang ‘Spirit of Carnival’ award at ang ‘Voices for Change’ na kategorya kasama ang Puerto Rico at Angola.
Apat na beses nang nanalo ang Pilipinas bilang Miss Universe kasama sina Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), Pia Wurtzbach (2015), at Catriona Gray (2018).