Who says that beauty queens cannot be tough? Just look at former Binibining Pilipinas World Maggie Wilson -Consunji.
After winning the top prize in Amazing Race Asia with Miss Grant International 3rd runner up and former Binibining Pilipinas Tourism Parul Shah, the ever young looking Maggie completed another milestone by becoming the first Filipina to complete a full marathon in the freezing cold of Antartica. Here is what the beauty queen had to poston her Instagram account on her feat:
“-20 degrees, strong winds and snow. It was a constant battle with my mind and body. I survived without getting frostbite and hypothermia in one of the most remote locations in the world. I may not be considered a “full” Filipino at times but I stand at the finish holding the Philippine flag as the first Filipina woman to complete a full marathon on Antartica.” 💙 #ProudToBePinoy #Antarctica #HusbandIsLuckyIDidntKillHimForMakingMeDoThisMarathon #GoodNewsWeAreStillMarried #GuessImOfficiallyAsNutsAsHeIs
Now you know the kind of mental toughness that Filipina queens are made of. Even if Maggie wasn’t able to bring home the Miss World crown almost a decade ago, she continues to be a victor in other aspects of life.
A lot of pageant friends and acquaintances have been asking me the same questions: Is Catriona Gray joining Binibining Pilipinas 2018? Even when I was covering Miss Universe in Las Vegas, I still get that question by pageant fans… And I give them the same thing I have said over and over again: I am not sure but perhaps in 2019.
I say that in hopeful longing because if she is indeed has plans, then we would have heard some news from her camp Aces & Queens about any murmurs of joining. From what I have heard in Las Vegas, the heads of the camp is trying to convince her to join Binibini but with not much updates if they were successful in doing so.
In fact, there is a prevalent rumor that she is about to switch camps to Kagandahang Flores. Not a bad move considering that among the Binibining Pilipinas queens of 2017, KF trained girls managed to snatch 1st runner up in Miss Globe, 2nd Runner up in Miss Grand International and a top 10 finalist in Miss Universe. This is in contrast to the top 10 finish of A&Q in Miss Supranational and a non-placement in Miss International (our bet in Miss Intercontinental is yet to compete come January due to postponement of the pageant). If indeed Catriona jumps ship, there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that as pageant girls have been noted to change camps every now and then.
And these would just be another rumor until Catriona would finally shut down speculations by a confirmation. She had the busiest reign as Miss World Philippines with public appearances left and right. She earned a break, both from her tirelessly working schedules and even from pageants. As fans, we should allow her that time to decongest. She is just 24 years old and she can always return to pageants and give Binibining Pilipinas a try when she’s 25. After all some of the oldest Miss Universe winners Pia Wurtzbach and Brooke Mahaelani Lee were 26 when they sought the title of Miss Universe.
For now, let’s just wait for her to be ready mentally and physically. Do you think I might get to talk to her and convince her to join in BBP2018? #HopeSpringsEternal… Who knows, if I get to chat with her again in the future I might be able to ask her to put the final nail to the question: 2018 or 2019?
At the heat of the debate regarding Rachel Peters’ top 10 finish, I have refrained from posting my own thoughts and feelings on the said outcome. Now that I have had more than enough time to ponder thru it, here are my thoughts on the matter…
Despite a strong performance during the finals (swimsuit and evening gown) what we should have to consider is that the judges are all briefed on what the Miss Universe organization is looking for in a winner. So it is unfair to solely blame Pia Wurtzbach alone on the outcome as all the judges are briefed accordingly by the org. By the time the judges were introduced, they may already have a winner picked in their minds and they probably stuck through their favorites throughout the telecast. Not to mention that the highest and lowest scores by the judges are cancelled to get the median scores.
We should also consider that the judging panel is heavily comprised of Americans and that their perception of beauty may be different from ours. Their perception on the girls could have easily been influenced by the sexual harassment issue enveloping the US right now and hence they chose someone like Demi who was speaking in behalf of self-defense for women.
We cannot fault the gown as well since Rachel’s Val Taguba gown was immaculate onstage. Because if we fault the gown, then how can we explain Jamaica’s yellow gown that didn’t look very chic onstage. Personally, the Val Taguba powder blue confection is the best evening gown that a Miss Universe Philippines worn on the MU stage since 2010. Rachel carried the gown with an elegance and she didn’t have to over-do her facial expressions (yes I’m looking at you Laura, even Shandy Finnessey called you out on it). Here are several recorded videos of Rachel during the Miss Universe from Instagram… and I couldn’t see a flaw on Rachel’s overall performance.
IMHO, I still believe that Rachel deserved a top 5 spot during the Miss Universe finals. She could have given the Philippines at least another runner up placement in the pageant. Too bad that the judges didn’t see her as Miss Universe potential as we did… I believe that it all boiled down to luck. Former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz once summarized it briefly saying that winning is a matter of luck, of being in the right place at the right time with the right judges.
It is a rarity for the Philippines to have a Miss Universe Philippines that have the perfect combo of brain, body and beauty. And that is what Rachel Peters exactly is. For the most of the past 2 decades, we have been sending gorgeous ladies that have some weak areas. Not with Rachel, as she covers all areas quite strongly: height, body proportions, intellect and articulateness, face, strong background and personal achievements, and most importantly presence.
1. Interviews and Public Speaking Skills– with Miss Universe looking for an effective spokesperson for the organization, the old formulaic beauty over brains gets a new incarnation. It’s beauty and brains nowadays. An alleged 60% of the preliminary scores in MU taken from the one-on-one interviews. Rachel interviews and speaks quite well so there are no worries on that aspect. She won’t clam up when the crucial moment arrives.
A good conversationalist, Rachel has the ability to speak without sounding rehearsed or insincere. This is an important quality in the age when MU values ‘real-ness’ over the manufactured dolls that dominated the 2000’s.
2. The Miss Universe Body – I don’t get tired of saying this but Rachel truly has the Miss Universe body. Just look at similarities in her proportions with those of Dayana Mendoza, Gabriela Isler and Paulina Vega. Rachel has mile long legs that looks great in a swimsuit. When was the last time we sent a 5’10” beauty in Miss Universe? The tallest we ever sent in the past decade are perhaps Venus Raj and Bianca Manalo at 5’9”. With Rachel’s statuesque height, she won’t easily get dwarfed by the rest of the Latinas on the P group.
3. An Arresting Face – she is often compared to celebrity Solenn Heusaff in terms of her facial features. Both are blessed with faces that is considered ‘alta sociedad’ or very high society. Both are uniquely beautiful in the sense that they do not fit into the cookie cutter mold of what is considered pretty by the masses. But both are considered high caliber beauties by those people who can identify girls with X-factor.
While she may not be very photogenic as her previous predecessors are, she nonetheless has the same facial qualities of Iris Mittenaere, Nina Ricci Alagao and Gabriela Isler. All of them have defined jawlines, prominent cheekbones and arresting eyes. IMHO, Rachel should utilize her eyes more often to project a sense of confidence and warmth. I would also want her to create fuller lips through lining the edges of her lips like how Maxine did last year. But most importantly, I would want her to shine and be unique despite all these references to past beauty queens.
4. Personality and Stage Presence – warm and friendly, she is a delight to converse with. And I am witness to that. People close to her say that she has no hang-ups and is easy to get along with. This is something that is going to be handy in the competition proper. Being a diva no longer has a place in the IMG|WME era of the pageant. The MUorg wouldn’t want to have another nightmarish experience with a difficult MU winner. In MU, a good personality comes a long way, just as professionalism bolster a career.
I would be confident to say that Rachel is arguably the most well-rounded rep the Philippines will send to the Miss Universe pageant. And we would have to wait what she will be delivering come Miss Universe finals this November 27th (Manila time)…