Kylie Verzosa backs Mariel de Leon's controversial tweets: "No one must tell a person what to do or say"

by Jocelyn Valle
Oct 6, 2017
Kylie Verzosa is ready to pass on Miss International crown.

Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa will pass on the crown to her successor on November 14, the pageant night, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan.

Among those who will vie for the crown is Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon.

What is Kylie’s advice to Mariel?

“I guess, just to study Japanese culture, and just be herself,” Kylie said.

“She’s doing really well, being vocal about things.”

Kylie talked to (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the launch of clothing brand Bayo, which had its 25th anniversary campaign called Made in the Philippines honoring 25 stylish and inspiring women from various fields.

The 25-year-old beauty queen was among the 25 Bayo Women, and was launched as the new face of the proudly Pinoy fashion line.

“Enjoy the rest of her reign,” she added, still addressing Mariel. “It’s with her only once. Just really do her best.”

Kylie mentioned that Mariel was "being vocal."

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It may be recalled that the daughter of Christopher De Leon and Sandy Andolong got dragged into social-media controversies following her tweets about President Duterte's war against drugs, TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) on contraceptives, and Mocha Uson's appointment as assistant secretary of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) last May.

In a separate interview with managing editor Karen A.P. Caliwara, Kylie was asked: Should beauty queens involve themselves in political issues?

The 25-year-old beauty queen paused before giving a no-nonsense answer: "Ah, I guess, if it's your stand, maybe. I personally don't see anything wrong with it.

"It's like your advocacy. That's your passion, and, I guess, no one must tell a person what to do or say or what."

FITNESS ROUTINE. The past few weeks, Kylie has been traveling abroad fulfilling her duties as the reigning queen.

“I just got back from a trip for Miss International,” she said. “I came from France, Belgium, Netherlands, Paraguay, and L.A. [in the United States], and Brazil.”

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Despite her hectic schedule, Kylie makes it a point to maintain her winning form.

“I really watch what I eat,” she pointed out. "I try to go to the gym as often as I can.

“If I do travel, I walk a lot. If I don’t have the time to go to the gym, I just watch my diet.”

Regarding her fashion choices, Kylie said she usually goes for something “casual, chic, elegant,” but she can also be adventurous by trying what’s new.

At the Bayo event, Kylie also hit the runway in the fashion show featuring the holiday collection of the brand's designer-in-residence Francis Libiran.

When asked which item in the collection she liked best, the model-beauty queen pointed to what she’s wearing—an ensemble of black top with long sleeves and white collar paired with wide-leg pants in black-and-white prints and splashes of red, blue, and yellow.

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“Yes, I like playing with colors,” she said, smiling. “But I mix them all with black and white.”

Kylie expressed delight at being chosen the new face of Bayo and one of the 25 Bayo Women.

“I’m absolutely honored,” she beamed. “You know, I’ve been working hard on this, and I’m really glad that I’m part of it, and I’m just really happy and honored to be here.”

It’s not only modeling that Kylie wishes to do when her Miss International reign ends in November.

There’s also the entertainment field.

“I’m open to joining showbiz,” she said.

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