The first Miss Trans Global Mela Franco Habijan reached another milestone as she becomes the newest model of a well-known local beauty website.
On her Twitter account, Mela announced the news with a campaign poster of herself. "No matter how you choose to love yourself" was written on it.
"NOW, IT CAN BE REVEALED: THIS PROUD MORENA AND TRANS PINAY IS BEAUTY MNL’s NEWEST FRONT WOMAN," she proudly wrote.
"Before digital became a medium, whenever I passed by C5 or EDSA, I whispered to myself, 'Sana magka-billboard tayo!'" Mela said in a series of tweets.
At first, the trans Pinay beauty queen said she thought "it was impossible" thinking that "those spaces are only for celebrities and models."
"The world had a different set of standards and norms of beauty," she added.
Mela was named the first Miss Trans Global last September.
Aside from winning the top title, Mela also bagged several award titles including "Eloquent Queen of the Year," "Super Model of the Year," and "Glam Beauty of the Year."
TONIGHT, FIVE WOMEN WILL BE CROWNED AND ONE WOMAN SHALL BE HAILED MISS TRANS GLOBAL 2020. I desire to win for it will be a fulfillment of a dream. I desire to win to keep making my family and friends proud. I desire to win to bring honor to my beloved Philippines. And I desire to win to uplift the spirits and dignity of my fellow Trans Pinay. And before I face the verdict, I just want to express my gratitude for the love and support that you, my dearest friends, have been giving me. Thank you for believing in me, for being my loudest cheerleaders rooting for me in every endeavor I get in. You are my strength and courage. Kaya sa inyo pa lang, panalong-panalo na ako! Isang mahigpit na yakap na puno ng pagmamahal! ?????? Miss Trans Global Grand Coronation 9PM, Streaming Live via MTG’s Facebook Page #MELAbanTayoPilipinas #MissTransGlobal #ParaSayoPilipinas #MabuhayAngPilipinas #ParaSaBawatTransPinay Make Up by Mariae Franco Habijan Hair by Bianca Anne Vergara and Kendra Elmido Mendez Clothes by Marbin Garcia Ica Villanueva J Aaron Mangsat
On the day of the coronation, Mela took to Instagram to express her desire to win "for it will be a fulfillment of a dream."
"I desire to win to keep making my family and friends proud. I desire to win to bring honor to my beloved Philippines. And I desire to win to uplift the spirits and dignity of my fellow Trans Pinay," she wrote. — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News