Bb. Pilipinas-International 2017 Mariel de Leon has responded to a basher who accused her of imitating the looks of ABS-CBN actress Liza Soberano.
Last weekend, the 23 year-old beauty queen posted her selfie pic with Liza, whom people say is her look-alike.
The photo was taken backstage after the beauty queen's stint in the noonday Sunday show ASAP.
In the caption, Mariel wrote that she waited for Liza, 19, in order to have a picture with her.
In the comment section, one stood out for its criticism of Mariel.
The basher chided the beauty queen for comparing her looks to Liza, and called her "retokada."
The accusatory comment has been deleted, but its content was described by Mariel herself in her response and by her defenders.
Mariel clarified in her comment she was not copying Liza's looks: “There are things called: maturing, losing weight, makeup, and hair styling.
"At pano kong pinagaya ang mukha niya eh mas matanda ako sa kanya so hindi ko siya kilala dati? Common sense lang po.”
She also admonished: “Women empowerment is about raising each other up, not bringing each other down. God bless po!”
Mariel is the daughter of actors Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong.