Nilinaw ni Mariel de Leon, 25, ang kanyang mensahe sa Instagram Stories kahapon, November 28.
Naging prangka si Mariel nang sabihing ayaw na niyang matawag na "beauty queen" at huwag na siyang i-tag sa mga post tungkol sa beauty pageants.
Si Mariel, anak nina Christopher de Leon at Sandy Andolong, ay nanalo bilang Bb. Pilipinas-International noong 2017.
Eksklusibong nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Mariel sa 10th anniversary celebration ng celebrity make-up artist na si Albert Kurniawan na ginanap sa Makati Shangri-La Hotel kagabi, November 28.
Dito ay inusisa namin siya tungkol sa kanyang Instagram post.
Paliwanag ng beauty queen-turned-actress, "I'm just done with that phase, I closed that chapter in my life.
"The other thing is I don't like being defined just as a beauty queen because I do more than that.
"I also sing, I act, and I'm also into arts and classical music.
"I just don't want to be tagged as one thing."
Hindi raw inasahan ng Ang Panday star na magiging headline ang kanyang statement, lalo pa't ang nais lang daw niya ay paalalahanan ang mga netizen na mayroon pang ibang taguri sa mga kagaya niyang sumali ng beauty pageant.
Ayon sa aspiring opera performer, "I don't know why it made headlines 'cause I was just trying to say, like, 'You shouldn't box a woman on a label.'
"Like, you shouldn't give women labels in the first place because women have more to offer that just being beautiful, just dressing up, putting on makeup, being glamorous.
"Pageant women have a lot more to offer."
Dagdag pa niya, "I think 'cause the way I speak is very straightforward and I think people didn't really get that because...
"I think, especially in Asian culture, they're used to being mahinhin and sugarcoating everything, but I'm not that way.
"So I think that people got rubbed the wrong way and, you know, I'm sorry... I don't know how it would offend anyone but I guess that's their thing.
"I don't really have a problem."
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ASPIRING OPERA SINGER
Sa ngayon, isa sa mga pinaghahandaan ni Mariel ay ang kanyang pagbabalik-eskuwela.
Balak kumuha ni Mariel ng kursong related sa opera at vocal performance sa United States.
"I do want to go to school. Not here, hopefully in New York. Hopefully that pushes through in 2020.
"I know it's not a thing here, that's why I'm pursuing it abroad.
"I'm starting in America and hopefully work my way to Europe where it's appreciated there."
Ano naman ang mga paghahandang kanyang ginagawa?
"For now, just voice lessons, and I have to start to learn how to read notes, which I think is very hard.
"But I'm really up for the challenge. Hopefully it will push through."
Nais daw makamit ni Mariel ang isa pa sa kanyang pinakamataas na pangarap—ang maging isang ganap na opera singer.
"Biggest dream is definitely to sing in a big opera stage like the Metropolitan Opera or the Royal Opera House," sambit niya.