Naging prangka sa pagsasabi si Mariel de Leon, 25, na ayaw na niyang matawag na beauty queen.
Si Mariel—anak nina Christopher de Leon at Sandy Andolong—ay itinanghal na Bb. Pilipinas-International noong 2017.
Sa kanyang Instagram Story ngayon Miyerkules, November 28, nakiusap si Mariel sa netizens na huwag na siyang i-tag sa mga post tungkol sa beauty pageants.
Wala raw halaga sa kanya ang pagiging beauty queen.
Pahayag niya, “I’d appreciate it if you guys could stop tagging me in pageant posts (especially if it doesn’t even involve me).
“I don’t like being called ‘beauty queen’. It means nothing to me.
“Women are not whatever ‘title’ society chooses to ‘name’ us.
“Women are so much more than that.”
Malaki raw ang naitulong sa kanya ng pagiging beauty queen, pero isinasara na niya ang bahaging iyon ng kanyang buhay.
Saad ni Mariel, “Yes, I’m thankful for my past pageant journey because I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I’ve had if I didn’t win BbP International.
“But I’ve closed that chapter in my life…
“I’m not the type to care about titles, positions, crowns, or names.
“None of that matter to me.
“What matters to me is me, my family, dogs, art, and classical music.”
Malaman pang pahayag ni Mariel, “I don’t want to surround myself with toxic, negative, and fake people anymore.
"I like having a simple, quiet, and private life -unless I post something on MY social media. It is mine.
“I choose what to show you. You do not see everything in my life. I control what you see. –
“Its good to reflect on your life and open your eyes & hearts to the things that should actually matter. See ya.”