8 Times Pinay Beauty Queens

Proved They’re More

Than Just “Beautiful”

By Tynne De Leon

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Just this weekend, three Pinay beauties were crowned in separate pageants: Karen Ibasco as Miss Earth 2017, Winwyn Marquez as the first-ever Filipina Reina Hispanoamerica, and Nelda Ibe as Miss Globe 2017 1st runner-up. We are, indeed, a beauty queen powerhouse!

But more than the looks, posture and walk, we take pride of our beauty queens because they redefine beauty:  they have the intellect, talent, and values. They dare to challenge the ideal, and they’ve proved it in so many ways. Below are 8 times they did just that:

8. When Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup topped the Architectural Board Exam

Before joining beauty pageants, Shamcey Supsup is already a familiar name in a different industry: she topped the 2010 Architecture Board Exams with a board rating of 86.60%. Talk about beauty and brains!


7. When Miss Philippines International 2017 Mariel de Leon chose to be politically outspoken

Beauty queens most likely won’t side with anyone on political issues; but that’s not the case for Mariel de Leon, who boldly expressed her opinions against the current government through social media. It was a brave act, considering the number of supporters she may lose for her criticisms.


6. When Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco graduated with Latin honors two times

If you were also wowed after watching her performance in the Q&A, wait ‘til you see her academic achievements. She is currently a medical physicist and an instructor in her alma mater, University of Sto. Tomas. Prior to this, she graduated cum laude with her bachelor and master’s degrees. This girl is a genius!


5. When Miss International 1964 Gemma Cruz-Araneta dedicated herself to public service

Gemma Cruz-Araneta is the first Filipina to win the Miss International crown in 1964, but that’s not the only notable thing about her: she’s also a public servant for years. She became the director of National Museum in 1968, Secretary of Tourism from 1998 to 2001, and president of Heritage Conservation Society of the Philippines in 2003. Ms. Araneta also had her own radio program in 2005, and is a writer for Manila Bulletin.

4. When Miss Philippines International 2010 Krista Kleiner inspired the world with her music

When we hear the name Krista Kleiner, the first thing that comes to mind is her career in television. She’s been in the limelight even before becoming Miss Philippines International 2010, but it’s after that when she pursued her passion for music and toured internationally that she became even more popular. She has even produced her own album later on.


3. When Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran selflessly volunteered for different causes

After winning the Miss Universe pageant in 1973, Margie Moran dedicated herself to helping several causes. She became part of the Mindanao Commission on Women Organization and promoted peace and livelihood. Currently, she’s a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a non-government organization that helps poor people build houses.


2. When Miss Tabogon Cebu 2017 Maria Izobel Taguiam bravely opened up about her girlfriend in the pageant

Let’s be real: the Philippines is not really that open about homosexuality–at least not yet. So when Maria Izobel from Tabogon said that she is in a relationship with a fellow woman during Miss Cebu 2017, her honest answer earned praises from the judges and the audience. Her open-mindedness is definitely remarkable.


1. When Miss Universe Philippines 2010 Venus Raj is just a little bit of everything

We admire Venus Raj for being multi-talented: she’s a humanitarian, a television host and a beauty queen. She has inspired us during her Miss Universe stint, and she is ready to inspire more people after finishing her master’s degree in community development at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.


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