Happy Independence Day, Philippines!

In celebration of the 119th Independence Day of the Philippines, we feature our latest Alpha queens in a Pinoy-themed banner art…

Miss Earth 2014, Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015, Angelia Gabrena Ong
Miss International 2013, Bea Rose Santiago
Miss International 2016, Kylie Verzosa
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach
Miss World 2013, Megan Young

Why Beauty Queens are Like Wonder Woman

Now I know some of you may see this blogpost as a hangover post to the Wonder Woman movie that this blogger has watched during the weekend. But let’s for the meantime indulge this blogger a bit for some pop culture post and explain how every beauty pageant should be looking for a “Wonder Woman”.

One of the most obvious qualities of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman character is how she embodies women empowerment. Here we see a strong beautiful woman who is at par to her male superhero counterparts (yes, we are bold to make that comparison as she is very much equal to both Batman and Superman in physical prowess). She does not allow herself to be the passenger to her own life but rather takes charge of it. Something that women in the past several decades have been striving to accomplish. Something that is reflected to the new breed of beauty queens we see nowadays who are empowered, who have careers, who are serving in the army, their communities, working as teachers, pilots, dentists, researchers, police officers, law students, etc…

Deshauna Barber served in the US Military and Raquel Pelissier is part of a research team that could help cure blindness…

Ever wonder how she is able to maintain such a glowing look despite being in battle? Well that is essentially how beauty queens are! They go in competitions looking battle ready. They show up, they dress up, look the part and compete like athletes without as much are looking like they broke a sweat. Pageant girls face harshness of online bashin, the tough media questions, the scrutiny of the judges eyes while in 6″ heels and full make up on… making it look easy to stand in a bikini and deliver a speech in front of a crowd. Two things that most people could not even dare to do in front of their families.
She also is unapologetic to her femininity, that she can be vulnerable but steadfast, compassionate but with a strong moral compass, headstrong but flexible in her ways. Unafraid of her sexuality but strives to not to be solely defined by her sex appeal. A clear reflection of how well-rounded she is, a common trait we see on how pageant girls are redefining what it is to be a beauty queen in this age. Nowadays being a beauty queen means being encompassing in terms of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. Meaning having the maturity to understand that being feminine is not just about physical attributes but a complete synchronicity of heart, mind and body.

Mariel de Leon recently spoke up on political issues on RH contaceptives and government appointees. Keysi Sayago joined the march for political change in her native Venezuela

Wonder Woman is not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what is right. Which is very timely in current situations where beauty queens are expected to be articulate but mum on important social and political issues. Where being apolitical is passed off as being neutral, when being opinionated is being labeled as hypocrisy. This is where lines are set, where the rights and responsibilities are being set to the table. Moreover, the portrayal of Gal Gadot lends to the viewers a sense of moral compass to act when things are wrong, hence the line “if there is something wrong in the world you either do nothing or do something”. Choose the latter. Wonder Woman chose the latter.

Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa: mental health advocate, Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong: environmental awareness, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach: HIV-AIDS awareness…

But most of all Wonder Woman represents the woman who could make a difference. One person deciding to act like when Wonder Woman did when she defied her mother’s command to “do nothing” in a world that is turning into chaos does a whole lot of difference than one who would have kept silent. Albeit to a smaller scale beauty queens parallel such as they lend their voices on issues that affect us such as education, climate change, social justice, mental health awareness, HIV-AIDS, child welfare, and more. 
This is why beauty queens are in some ways Wonder Women… Why don’t you think that the ladies who wore the Wonder Woman tiara are beauty queens themselves?

Kylie, Megan & Pia: Independence Day Colors

There is no more used and abused buzzword today than ‘influence’. A lofty ideal that stems from respect, aspiration and ability to make an effect, it has become muddled in the face of curation, branding and filters. This month, we get to the bottom of things and figure out what it means to be influential in this day and age, and consequently, pin it side by side with the bigger cause for celebration, pride.

A courageous queen, Kylie Verzosa steps up to the plate to make sure her reign matters. Speaking up on issues one normally shies away from, Kylie brings them out in the open and engages in a discourse that isn’t all surface level.

Years after reign as Miss World, Megan Young still reigns on in our hearts. Taking purpose well after the crown, she continues on with her advocacy, making sure every life is well accounted for. This is where true purpose begins.

And naturally, you cannot talk of beauty without Pia Wurtzbach. A celebrated Miss Universe of her time, she talks to us about life after the crown and how she plans to take life from here on out.

*Text from Mega Magazine Instagram account

No “Darna” Role for Pia

It’s sad news for Pia Wurtzbach fans. It’s confirmed, the former Miss Universe won’t be donning the iconic red and gold two-piece outfit and winged cap after-all.

In a news report published by ABS-CBN, the 5’8” buxom beauty was not chosen to play the iconic role of Darna. Created by Mars Ravelo and popularized by A-List actresses that donned Darna suit (from Vilma Santos to Anjanette Abayari, Nanette Medved, Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera), the role is one of the most sought after action heroines by any Filipina actress. It is as if portraying the role is a guaranteed mark of being an A-list celebrity.
So far Pia has been busy with being UNAIDS Ambassadress and a string of product endorsements. She was seen last on the boob-tube as one of the hosts of the recently concluded Binibining Pilipinas pageant. It would have been a major role for Pia had she scored the Darna project and would have catapulted her into bigger fame…


Bb Pilipinas 2017: A Fashion Review Pt.1

Buckle up ladies and gents as for today’s #Fashion Friday we are gonna review several key people’s wardrobe during the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night. This is gonna be a sweet and spicy review that would make Joan Rivers roll in her grave.

Pia Wurtzbach – her three outfit changes was a hit or miss. Her first outfit was perfect from the waist up, her purple gown was ruined with the wrong hairstyle and the ice blue outfit was perfect from head to hem. Overall Pia coasted safely fashion-wise.
Ruffa Nava – she wore a unique gown and carried it well. This is one of the few cape gowns that didn’t look too dated. I was quite flabbergasted that she didn’t advance forward, nevertheless she scored a fashion win in her EG presentation.

Dane Felise Marasigan – that yellow gown by Rau Uson-Ablaza was reminiscent of the Dior haute couture collection by John Galliano where he sent models wearing origami-like gowns. It was one of the few high fashion risks that paid off. Dane should have had her hair up for a bigger dramatic impact.

Rachel Peters – the tangerine gown looked like a copycat of an Ellie Saab gown used in his perfume commercial which was done around 2012/2013. I have seen similar looking gowns in several other pageant girls both in local and international competitions (notable of them was Catharina Choi in Miss Earth 2013). Thankfully Rachel was able to carry the gown and punctuated her presentation with a twirl.
Chanel Olive Thomas – her pink confection of a gown was typical, in fact it reminded me of the red gown that Edgelyn Gamboa wore last year that was also worn by Shamcey in the finals. The pink gown looked a bit too long for Chanel and would have been better if it was shortened or added with horsehair at the hem to allow some stiffness to create a more flared out effect.

Shamcey Supsup – she hosted the red carpet PLDT even and she looked smashing. The red gown fit her really good and she wore her hair down in curls with her trademark million-watt smile.
Katarina Rodriguez – she wore a lovely Libiran couture looking gown that looked 2 sizes smaller than her. Was it just me who noticed that her stomach area looked bloated in the gown? That was because it was too tight on her. The design itself was masterfully done. Overall the gown was okay except for the fact that it was too tight.

Part two coming up shortly…