The girls of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 were at a recent send-off dinner last October 2 at La Cabrera restaurant in Makati City. The ladies will be competing internationally in the months to come.
The girls share their thoughts on staying fit, beautiful, and on being role models to girls.
Beauty queen or not, every girl has her own crowning glory: her hair.
Recently, the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 titleholders shared how being Cream Silk Beauty Ambassadors helped them achieve glossy, beauty-pageant hair.
Bb. Pilipinas 2014 2nd runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison, talked about the importance of good hair. “It can make or break you, how you look, how you style your hair, especially in a beauty pageant. You need to have really good hair so you could be very presentable."
For Bb. Pilipinas 2014 International Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, managing her long curly locks have become manageable now. “It really gives my hair a softness I can’t find with another product.
For Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, “CreamSilk saves our hair from all the breakage, styling your hair right after you’ve washed it, it dries up even faster. Your hair stays more in style."
Training for a beauty pageant is rigorous, and the girls gave a sneak peek into the lifestyle changes and beauty regimens that they have for their upcoming pageants.
BEAUTY REGIMEN. For Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Supranational Yvethe Marie Santiago, regular exercise is the key to reaching her fitness goals. “Kapag hindi ako makapunta sa gym, I make sure to do my core exercise at home. It doesn’t take more than ten minutes sometimes, the secret is you have to do it as often as possible. Kahit konting time lang.”
Hannah proved that even thin girls need exercise, “I need to gain weight in the right areas. Usually if I eat a lot it just goes in my belly. So I have to eat lots of protein but still exercise and try to cut down on the sweets.”
Reigning Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa emphasized the importance of skin care. "Body scrubs for the skin, and do facial masks when you don’t have time for the derma, those are your rescues,” she advised.
She continued: "But what most girls are neglecting is putting on primer. Primer is very important because it protects your skin directly from the make-up. Always remember to put on primer before putting your make-up on."
Parul has her own style of working out, “I do not go to the gym, but I run. I cannot be secluded in a four-corner thing, I just cannot. If you want me to work out, let’s go outdoors, I can run with you, do cross-fit outdoors, but I don’t like it inside the gym,” said the Indian-Filipina beauty.
FASHION ICONS. All the girls agree that a beauty queen must always look presentable. Who do they look up to for style?
Yvethe who prefers a comfy and casual look, said she loves Anne Curtis’ casual chic look. “I actually like Anne, every time I see her in It's Showtime, kahit minsan she’s very casual, she still looks very good and very comfortable in whatever she wears."
Mary Jean believes that simple is beautiful and prefers the classic look of Audrey Hepburn. “My fashion icon since forever is Audrey Hepburn. I collect her DVDs, I’m so fond of watching her YouTube videos, she’s an amazing woman of style.”
From hippie to sporty, Bianca loves trying out new looks as long as it suits your body type. “Angelina Jolie had her wild stage where she tried everything and now she’s now more on the classics, I’m a firm believer when it comes to fashion and style you shouldn’t go with just the trends, you think about what’s good for your body type.”
Parul and Hannah both look up to Maggie Wilson who’s also a beauty queen. “I really love my friend Maggie Wilson, she’s our girlfriend, I super love her style, she also taught us how to dress, we should look, mabango, malinis, mayaman. She explains that you don’t have to spend a lot just to look classy. It doesn’t have to be branded as long as it looks good on you.”
ENTERING SHOWBIZ. A lot of beauty queens have ventured into show business after their reign, who among the 2014 beauties wants to test her star factor and try showbiz?
Beauty and brains really describe Yvethe well, who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She said about giving showbiz a shot, “I’m not closing any doors, but I’m planning to pursue my career as a CPA, maybe after my reign I’ll try to explore the corporate world but I’m interested in modelling.”
Commercial, print and ramp modelling isn’t new to Hannah, but she added that she’s interested in trying out hosting as well and even acting. “I can do a little bit of acting, siguro the kontrabida ones.”
Parul wants to focus on the pageant first before anything else but is also preparing in case an opportunity in showbiz knocks on her door: “We’re really focused on Binibini but they're also training us how to host, walk talk, it’s a learning scope for us.
Beauty pageants are always a huge occasion in the Philippines, what can they say to young girls who look up to them as role-models?
Parul said confidence doesn’t mean you are no longer grounded to your roots. “I’m still a regular Filipina girl. I will never forget where I started, just like other girls, I would look up to other girls who have everything. But I have to tell you, you have to believe in yourself. Confidence should come from within.”
Bianca embraces inviduality and thinks all girls should do so. “My message then and until now is have confidence in yourself. It’s not what about what other people tell you or comparing yourself on what you see in the media. You have to know who you are and express that to everyone.”
Social media is a powerful tool in showing inspiring good deeds, Mary Jean believes it’s best done this way. “Through social media where people can see what you do, you’re already inspiring a lot of people by them seeing that you’re being a good person you’re inspiring them to do good as well.”
Beauty queens also face moments of insecurity and doubt, Hannah shared how to handle the bashers and the pressure. “We are in the industry where people look at us and bash us so even though I’m in this situation, I still feel insecure. But what I learned is no matter what people tell you, the best way to feel confident is to realize it yourself. You don’t have to put up with the standards of the world but rather create your own standards.”