Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up and new Miss Universe Philippines national director Shamcey Supsup on Wednesday said confidence is the most important in becoming a beauty queen.
“I think (the most important) is really the confidence and the character of the girl. I think she should be somebody who really wants to achieve something,” she said in an interview at Empire Studios in Bonifacio Global City.
According to Shamcey, the Miss Universe Philippines is looking for a spokesperson, somebody who knows how to communicate.
“We are looking for somebody who wants to have an impact in the community,” she said.
Shamcey also said the organization is not really looking for someone who graduated with Latin honors, but someone who has the heart and passion for the job.
She added that a candidate must also not follow the footsteps of previous winners because every Filipina is “unique and different.”
“You have to capitalize on that individuality. I always tell the girls to stick with their values, in what they believe in because that will make life easier for them. They will be authentic because it’s hard to put a mask,” Shamcey said.
For her, the rightful Miss Universe Philippines should be somebody who wants to have an impact, not just in the country, but even just in the community where she lives.
“We want to see a leader na talagang kumbaga mayroon talagang fire. Someone who wants to use her position to help others,” she said.
Shamcey added that beauty is just an additional factor in being queen but is actually not the basis of everything.
For the first time in pageant history in the country, a separate Miss Universe Philippines competition has opened its applications for aspiring beauty queens. Submission of applications is until January 31, while the final screening will be on February 1.
The coronation night will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 3.
In December, shortly after the Miss Universe 2019 competition in Atlanta, Georgia, Miss Universe Philippines announced they are no longer with the Araneta group and Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. after 55 years.
Under the Araneta group, the Philippines was able to produce four Miss Universe winners such as Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margarita Moran in 1973, Pia Wurtzbach in 2015 and Catriona Gray in 2018. —MGP, GMA News