It’s all about spreading positivity and being a purpose for meaningful chance for Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Dee.
“I believe that pageantry, especially Miss World, has really changed through time,” said Michelle, “‘Beauty with a Purpose’ is their motto, hence it’s not just about finding the prettiest among the group, but finding a girl that has the most to offer not only for her country but to the whole world as well. To gain that kind of platform means gaining a voice that’s heard and listened to.”
During her sendoff last Nov. 13 at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse in Quezon City, organized by Miss World Philippines in collaboration with GMA Network, Michelle disclosed how she feels about the overwhelmingly positive forecast of pageant fans for her.
“I’ve always believed that if something is meant for you, it will be given to you in God’s perfect time,” she said, “I’m very pleased that since winning the MWP coronation, international polls have been ranking me within the top 10, so that’s definitely an added confidence booster. I trust my team and I believe we have a very good chance this year.”
As part of her Miss World journey, Michelle plans to make giant steps in advancing her autism advocacy.
“Currently, my focus is on autism awareness and the work I’ve been doing with Autism Society Philippines. We’ve been working together closely in making the Philippines an ‘autism-OK’ nation through various activities that highlight inclusivity, activities that give individuals on the spectrum a sense of purpose, and are also in communication with major brands and establishments that we will be working together with for a very special campaign,” she disclosed.
Ensuring Michelle’s winning looks are some of the country’s top designers.
“Francis Libiran is making my final gown and national costume,” she revealed, “I’m also grateful because countless designers have also contributed to my wardrobe for the pre-pageant activities, like Renee Salud, Nono Palmos, Chris Nick, Jojo Bragais, and many more. It’s humbling how an entire country comes together with a unified goal to support one girl as part of its quest for national pride.”
Despite being touted as one of the early favorites, Michelle still needs to step up her social media performance.
“We have the Multimedia Fast Track Challenge where online voting comes in. There’s a large gap between me and some other countries, so the Philippines really need to step up in terms of voting through MobStar, which is the official app of Miss World,” she said.
The Miss World 2019 pageant will happen at the ExCel Arena in London and will be telecast live on GMA on Dec. 14, 10 p.m.