Rachel Louise Peters on Megastyle.ph

Reigning Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters is featured on the Megastyle.ph website where we get to know more about the 5’10” beauty from CamSur…

How does it feel representing your country in the Miss Universe pageant later this year?
It’s amazing! We have all worked to hard leading up to the pageant and our hard work has paid off in a position that we matter and what we say matters. We are able to touch lives, whereas before, if we believed in something, we weren’t really heard.
So now we can touch lives for the better, we can promote our advocacies – mine is celebrating one’s individuality.
Could you expound on your chosen advocacy?
It’s mainly promoting to be yourself. There’s so much pressure these days caused by social media, to conform to a certain ideal of beauty. I’m here to be the voice to remind people that it’s not all about what you see on the outside, you don’t have to follow the standard of beauty we see through media.

How did you uphold your advocacy throughout Binibining Pilipinas?
Throughout the pageant I tried to stay true to myself and in the industry we’re in it’s tough. You get bashed a lot and people say things about you, it’s quite hard to block out what people say, but I did and tried to stay true to myself and just by being Rachel. Hopefully I can inspire others to do the same but in everyday life.

Was it a dream of yours to become a beauty queen?
Growing up I wasn’t very girly. I’d always hang out with boys and we’d be playing on the beach, I’d also play lots of sports like rugby. You can imagine how it was a transition for me when I needed to start walking in heels, but I kept my style completely the same. As I said my advocacy is staying true to oneself and that’s what I did all throughout.

How did you keep your style while joining the pageant?
I didn’t want to conform to the usual beauty queen image, as a matter of fact, in one of our interviews, I showed up in ripped jeans while other people were in cocktail dresses. That is what’s expected of me but I stand by my advocacy.

You’re an inspiration to a lot of young girls. Any last words you’d like to share with them?
My advice for young girls is to know yourself. Take some time to sit down and think about what you stand for, what your purpose is in life and set goals and boundaries for yourself. Once you truly know yourself, you can literally do anything you ever imagined and so much more. Don’t let anyone put you down and celebrate your individuality!

Words: Louise Sicat | Art Direction: Deiniel Cuvin | Photographer: Erwin Canlas | Creative Direction: Rain Dagala | Styling: Patricia Melliza | Makeup: Sari Campos of Makeup Forever | Hair: Renz Pangilinan | Location and Special Thanks to Moss Manila Home



Mariel de Leon on Megastyle.ph

Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon is featured on the Megastyle.ph website where she talks about her passion for the arts and her advocacy.

Check out several snippets of her interview below:
How would you describe your Binibining Pilipinas journey?
It was tough but I conditioned myself emotionally from the beginning. I didn’t pressure myself so much and I just tried to surround myself with positivity through my friends and family.
Before the crown, what was life like for Mariel De Leon?
I was at a plateau, I didn’t really know what direction my life was going. I was doing a bit of acting and singing. But it didn’t give me a sense of fulfillment. I still felt lost.
What made you pursue beauty pageants?
I was thinking to myself, what is it that I can do? I’ve joined pageants before when I was 19 but I didn’t think I was mature enough for it, I was a baby [laugh]. Pageantry kept popping up, especially after Pia Wurtzbach won so I decided to try again.

Do you have an advocacy you are pushing for now that you’re a titleholder?
Yes I do. My advocacy is to bring back appreciation for history, classical music, and theatre – everything with the arts. These are for everyone even the less-fortunate.
Would you say you’re the same person who joined prior to the competition?
Not at all. What surprised me I guess is now I’m stronger and wiser. Before, I wasn’t really exposed to certain things. Growing up I was a sheltered kid and I’m a homebody too [laughs]. During Binibining Pilipinas I was exposed to more people both in social media and in real life.
What would you like to tell the De Lions or girls who are aspiring to be like you one day?
For the girls who want to join pageants, I’d just tell them to go through the journey knowing yourself first and being secure with just that. Going through Binibini is tough and it will really take a toll on you in one point. Be sure to be ready and mature for that type of stress. Work your way up from small pageants then work your way up.

Words: Louise Sicat
Art Direction: Deiniel Cuvin
Photographer: Erwin Canlas
Creative Direction: Rain Dagala
Styling: Patricia Melliza
Makeup: Lei Ponce
Hair: Renz Pangilinan
Location and Special Thanks to Moss Manila Home