Model-turned-beauty-queen Katarina Rodriguez gave her opinion on the controversy that started with the remark of two former beauty queens about the Best in Swimsuit award of Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray.
According to Bb. Pilipinas-World 2007 Maggie Wilson and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Catriona was not deserving of the award.
For Katarina, the opinion of Maggie and Bea Rose does not change the fact that Catriona bagged the special award at the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 pageant last Sunday, March 18.
“With Maggie and Bea, I know them a bit and they’re really, really admirable women,” began Katarina, who is Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2017 and Miss Intercontinental 2017 first runner-up.
“When you are a beauty queen, like a current beauty queen, you are gonna get a lot of different feedback from a lot of different people,” she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the Keds Ladies for Ladies Talk event in ASPACE Greenbelt, Thursday, March 22.
She said Maggie and Bea Rose had known the pressures of joining a pageant, thus, “They are actually eligible to give what they want to say."
Katarina added, “But then again, not everyone is the same.
“For me, if it’s not positive or productive, I’m not gonna say it.”
Referring to Maggie and Bea Rose, she said, “They might have a different way of analyzing stuff.
“And, for me, I would handle it as constructive criticism.
“I won naman Best in Swimsuit, so whether they think this or not, I still won Best in Swimsuit.”
Katarina also complimented Catriona for calling out her fans who were angered by the comments of the two ex-beauty queens.
She said, “The fans of Catriona are really, really loyal to her. That’s part of the wonder of pageantry.
"These fans are so into it and they’re so invested into the beauty queens.”
Katarina stressed what was important, “And she won because she carried herself the best in the eyes of the judges.”
Apart from getting the highest title, Catriona also won the most number of the special awards.
She said that Catriona and the other 39 contestants worked really hard to achieve their body, but not everyone’s body type is the same.
In Katarina’s case, “I have a more athletic body, so I have to put in a lot of work to maintain or to even reach a beauty queen-body or to reach that ‘modelesque’ body.
“But I think it’s also the way you carry yourself.
“If you’re, like, in such a great shape and you don’t know how to carry yourself…
“If you can wear a swimsuit and you’re 140lbs. then, hey, that’s power.”