The Philippines has been conquering beauty pageants for quite some time now. Placing as runner ups, finalists or winning the crown altogether are the only options Filipina beauty queens are used to by now. The manner in which Filipinas project themselves have a huge effect on beauty pageants. It’s probably in the way they walk, the aura they project and the genuine advocacies they have.
The Filipina beauty is essentialized in the culture, upbringing and self-awareness rooted in every Filipina who has the privilege of representing the Philippines in the international stage. The following are some of the renowned beauty queens that have competed and won in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth in the last five years.
1. Pia Wurtzbach – Miss Universe 2017
Pia Wurtzbach is by far the most controversial, boldest, crowd pleasing beauty queen in the last few years. Wurtzbach is a Filipina-German beauty queen, stylist, make-up artist and writer who also studied culinary arts before pursuing pageantry.
Her victory in Miss Universe is deemed the most iconic due to a false announcement of the winner by television host and personality Steve Harvey. Harvey announced Miss Colombia the winner and immediately apologized for saying the wrong name in national television. Since then, Pia Wurtzbach has taken the world by storm through her renowned work in the entertainment industry and several advocacies she represents and stands for.
2. Megan Young – Miss World 2013
Megan Young is a Filipina-American actress from the Philippines. Prior to her win, she worked in the entertainment industry as a TV personality, actress and model under the GMA Kapuso Network. She won both Miss World Philippine sand Miss World 2013 beauty pageant titles.
3. Kylie Versoza – Miss International 2016
Kylie Versoza is a Filipino born beauty queen who won Miss International last 2016. Prior to her pageant fame, she graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor’s Degree at in Business Management. She also worked as a pre-school teacher before pursuing pageantry.
4. Bea Santiago – Miss International 2013
Bea Santiago is a Filipina beauty queen who won Miss International last 2013. Prior to that, she studied Public Relations at York University. She also joined several pageants prior to attempting the Miss International crown. She was also part of the prestigious Ford Models and became a feature on L’Oreal fashion week among other fashion shows.
5. Angelia Ong – Miss Earth 2015
Angelia Ong is a Filipina-Chinese beauty queen hailing from the Philippine province of Illocos. She is popular for winning Miss Philippines Earth in 2015 and won the crown in the same year. She moved to Manila and studied Marketing Management in De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde prior to pursuing pageantry.
The Filipina’s Beauty and Brains
Beauty pageants have proven to be an industry that Filipinas never fail to conquer. Placing in the semi-finals and final rounds brings Filipino pride all over the international stage. These women of beauty and brains continue to prove that a great figure and a pretty face is more than what they have to offer. Being educated, experienced and well-advocated individuals make up the essence of a modern Filipinas.
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