Today we are extending birthday greetings to Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters! Wishing you all you desire in the Universe!
Fresh from the recent announcement that the Miss Universe tickets are now available online is the special day of Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters. Rachel, who is currently finalizing her trip to Las Vegas, turns another year older today. She has also been taking social media at a frenzy lately with the release of several pictures from her photoshoots… and proving naysayers that she is on tip-top shape for the upcoming pageant in November.
Good news to readers of the blog as well as I am part of the Sash Factor coverage team going to Las Vegas for the MU pageant! So we will be bringing you closer to the MU competition and watch out for our coverage!
During the previous week’s triple send-off for Bb. Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Clenci and Bb. Pilipinas Globe, Nelda Ibe the glaring absence of Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters is most talked about. Later, she clarified her absence was due to allergies… But pageant fans are asking why so quiet on her preparations?
Well, here is what we know and have been told by her mentors. Rachel is currently at the thick of final preparations and polishing of her pasarela and wardrobe for the Miss Universe in Las Vegas. She is also perfecting her hair and makeup so that she won’t be reliant on hairstylists and make-up artists provided by the pageant sponsors. On the Sash Factor front, our heads are coordinating with other fans in the US to make sure that we all book tickets in a solid block seating to give louder cheers in Planet Hollywood. As for my part, I have contributed by giving Rachel the list of the MU organization chart for her to be familiar with the faces behind the pageant.
So there is no need to worry as Rachel is doing her homework diligently. Plus it would be too early yet to reveal her cards. All eyes on her, most specially her competitors. So I say, keep her cards close to her chest. At this point in time, pageant fans should be a little more patient. Rachel has to get in and stay in that Miss Universe head-space in the following weeks. All these clamor for her reveal is just proof that she is an anticipated competitor…
1954 & 1956 – USA
1979 & 1981 – Venezuela
1995 & 1997 – USA
2015 & 2017 – Philippines?
If you have guessed by now what these years mean then you are a die-hard Miss Universe fan. The first three are the years when the Miss Universe sandwich victories are made. Will 2017 bid positively for the Philippines as it vies for another sandwich victory in MU?
With Rachel Peters as our bet, this scenario can happen or rather is likely to happen. The Philippines this year is sending a strong girl in the competition and it has been years since we sent a girl that is strong overall. Lovely face, killer bod with legs that goes for miles, strong speaking skills and an interesting background (she grew up in several countries you know…), all perfect ingredients for a winning recipe.
Do you feel that this could be another year of a Miss Universe sandwich victory?
During the Metro magazine Q&A video posted on their Facebook page, Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters answer several past MU final questions. And one of the more interesting answers she gave was when she was asked: Why should she be the Next Miss Universe?
Great news Rachel Peters fans as this post is an update on the reigning Miss Universe Philippines’ preparations and training.
After two months filled with public appearances, sponsor visits, media guesting, charity visits and a full PLDT provincial tour, Rachel Peters starts her Miss Universe intensive training this week. According to Sir Rodgil Flores himself, the Kagandahang Flores core team had a meeting together with Rachel and the rest of the Bb. Pilipinas queens a couple of weeks ago to do assessment plus discuss their training needs. They already have formulated the training schedule and plans with full blast training starting this week.
The 5’10” British-Filipina is blessed with what pageant experts say as the ‘Miss Universe body’. Hers is comparable to those of Paulina Vega, Gabriela Isler and Amelia Vega with her proportions. So it wouldn’t take much to hone her body to MU standards considering Rachel still manages to squeeze in some training despite her hectic schedules for the past 2 months. She has also reached out to past MUP winners like Maxine Medina to get tips and is waiting for Pia Wurtzbach to have a break in her schedule to sit down and talk about MU. Rachel definitely isn’t sitting down on her laurels.
She herself has this to say about the pressures of representing the country in Miss Universe:
“There are many aspects to beauty pageant training. There’s the Pasarela, which is walking training. There’s fitness, Q&A, hair and make-up; so it’s gonna be exactly what I’ve been doing, but more intense…
I’m working with myself before I do my training. With the training naman, it’s kind of like riding a bike. Once you know how to walk, you’re not going to stop knowing how to work. It is what it’s really all about. Working on you in the inside and then it will shine through…
I’m still so overwhelmed and excited about everything that’s been happening to me and I really want to enjoy it and take it all in. I think it’s important to go into the pageant with a very positive mindset so I’ll just keep training, doing my best and try not to stress myself out”
So we should just be patient and wait-and-see as her training unfurls. She has been preparing herself inside and out for the pageant. This is a sure-fire way to prepare now that the Miss Universe pageant is looking for more substance in their winners. And no doubt about it, Rachel is up to the task…
I have a bone to pick with some of our kababayans who would just love to criticize without offering any helpful tips or advise. When Rachel Peter’s MetroMag.Ph article and several of the behind the scenes photos of her pictorial was made available to the public, a lot of naysayers immediately had something negative to say.
Here’s my take on those…
1. There are comments from Pinoy fans saying “she still doesn’t have the spark”, “parang may kulang”, “mukhang tumanda”, “not looking fresh”, etc… Rachel is not as photogenic like other girls in her BBP batch. Well fact is even the reigning Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere isn’t that photogenic as well. Which means that these girls look better in person. Trust me when I say that the judges won’t be looking at stationary glam-shot photos of the girls and select the winner just by their pictures. Lemme ask you one thing, how many Miss Photogenic winners eventually become Miss Universe? Not even 10% of them do, in fact only 4 of them actually became MU. Yes, that’s 4 out of 65…
2. Comments comparing how her camp Kagandahang Flores isn’t training her enough or isn’t preparing her is just bull. With all due respect, before you criticize, know first that Rachel’s official training doesn’t start until next month. Why is that? Because she is still busy with public appearances that is part of her duties as Miss Universe Philippines. And please stop with the comparison how KF and A&Q train their girls. We don’t want a camp war when we already have a rep selected for MU.
3. Rachel still has 4 months to prepare for the MU pageant. Add to that is the year-long preparations she made for Binibining Pilipinas. There isn’t anything major for her to do in terms of body transformation as she is in tip-top shape. If you haven’t seen her swimsuit pictorial then head over to her IG account and look for yourself. Styling can easily be done within the 3-4 months timeframe. Surely with these photoshoots around she is experimenting makeup looks for her together with her personal glamsquad and KF camp.
To assuage your fears, I was able to ask Rachel personally about her preparations weeks ago and here is what she had to say:
“Hi Jesson, I’ve been well thank you. Thoroughly enjoying my reign and of course all the appearances and guestings we’ve been doing thus far! Still can’t believe it but I’m so grateful for the opportunities coming my way!
I get asked how I’m dealing with the pressure quite often and I always say (truthfully) that I’m actually not feeling much pressure at this point in time. I’m still so overwhelmed and excited about everything that’s been happening to me and I really want to enjoy it and take it all in. I think it’s important to go into the pageant with a very positive mindset so I’ll just keep training, doing my best and try not to stress myself out by comparing myself to the queens before me or to the girls I’m competing against. After all, my advocacy is all about celebrating ones individuality 😉”
There is no need to panic. So chillax people, she got this…
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