by Jinky Marsh
Twenty-four year old Kylie Verzosa has sustained the Philippines’ impressive track record in the international beauty competition by her her win on 27th October win in the 56th Miss International Beauty Pageant held at Tokyo Dome City Hall.The title follows Kylie’s winning 2016 Binibining Pilipinas International.
Kylie is the sixth Filipino winner of the Miss International pageant following Bea Rose Santiago (2013), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), Melanie Marquez (1979), Aurora Pijuan (1970) and Gemma Cruz (1963).
Promoting intercultural relations is the main motto of the Miss International pageant. Being in the top 15 of the Miss international 2016, it was Kylie’s speech that gave her the edge over the 68 other aspirants for the most coveted crown.
Kylie said: “Three things come to mind when i think of Miss International: culture, education and international understanding. These three work together to make the brand of a Miss International beauty pageant relevant to the global community into our time. If I become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding and international understanding, because I believe that it is with developing in each one sensitivity to other cultures that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference[s] and appreciate diversity. All of these enable us to achieve international understanding.”
RADIO TAGUMPAY INTERVIEW
This writer had the pleasure of interviewing Kylie for Triple H 100.1FM Radio Tagumpay in April this year after she won the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas International crown.
Now, we join the countless Filipinos from all over the world in celebrating her triumph in the recently concluded 2016 Miss International Beauty Pageant.
We are delighted to share the interview which offers insights and glimpses of Kylie’s journey through life towards being a recognised Filipino beauty queen with a purpose.
Who influenced you in joining the beauty pageant?
“My mum was in Binibining Pilipinas top 15 in 1964. She influenced me a bit but never encouraged me, never pushed me so I can say all the decisions I made were by my own choices. I was in the fashion industry and I said – why not try it”.
What are your goals and purposes after winning the Binibining Pilipinas crown?
“I want to help as much as I can especially now that I have been given an opportunity to help people more. I’ve been given a stronger voice now that my voice is being heard. It is being recognised and I can use this so much more to talk what I truly care about, mental health awareness and things that are relevant in our society today.”
What are your preparations for your upcoming Miss International Pageant in Japan?
“…We are doing now media tours..I dieted a lot. I work hard for it. I practice. I practice even without my mentors. I also prepared my mind for it. I want people to know that these things don’t come naturally. Our bodies don’t come naturally. You have to work hard for it. Everything comes from hard work and the value of hard work is what I learned from this pageant. It truly does pay off.”
What has changed in you apart from having the crown?
“My personality and my attitude. I can say I have matured a lot. I have matured exponentially. I can do more greater things in the future.”
What is ‘tagumpay’ for you Kylie?
“Success is how hard you strive for the things you want in life and eventually success comes when you are ready for it, when you have worked hard for it and when you deserve it. But ultimately, I believe that success is when you are truly happy.”
What is your message to Filipinos in Australia?
“Thank you so much for all your support and for all the fans in Australia, I commend you for being so strong, for being able to leave the country. Thank you for representing the Philippines and for making us proud and for all sacrifices you’ve made. So, thank you so much for all your support.”
ABOUT KYLIE VERZOSA
Kylie Verzosa, who was born and brought up in Baguio City, is a 2013 graduate of Ateneo de Manila University holding a Bachelor of Arts major in Business Management with minor in Marketing. She initially worked for companies such as Smart and Preschool International as a pre-school teacher. She was also a part of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation whose mission is to promote the awareness and understanding of Depression as a medical condition. She later worked as a print, ramp and commercial model in the Philippines for two to three years and eventually continued on, three months each, in Singapore and Hong Kong. It was in the fashion industry where her Binibining Pilipinas journey started.
Kylie won the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas International crown after her first try-out in 2015 in the same pageant which landed her in the semi-finals. She persevered and gladly said: “The second time, I worked hard for it. I learned from my first time. I learned from my experiences.”
Apart from winning the Binibining Pilipinas, Kylie also won The Face of Binibini (Miss Photogenic), Reader’s Choice and Jag She’s Got the Look special awards.
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