Filipino sponsor of Miss Universe OK with married contestants

Winners of Miss Universe Philippines 2022. Image: Official MUPH Facebook Page

MANILA, Philippines — The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has once again tapped U.S.-based Filipino entrepreneur Olivia Quido-Co to be the global skincare sponsor of the global pageant for its 71st edition. This year. And the beauty mogul paid a visit to her beloved home country to deliver the news, as well as share her thoughts on the developments surrounding international competition.

“MUO said it doesn’t have a host country yet,” Co revealed during his “Beauty Day in Manila” held at the Edsa Shangri-la in Mandaluyong City on August 13. Several speculations have been circulating online about where the next Miss Universe pageant will take place, but no official word has come from the organization as of this writing.

The Los Angeles-based skincare entrepreneur also shared her thoughts on reported changes to international competition qualifications allowing women who are married or have given birth to enter the annual competition starting next year.

“It’s okay to give anyone an opportunity,” Co said, adding that the decision promotes equality between women.

“Women, whether they are 21 or 28, still have dreams. I have met women who have become mothers who always want to show their beauty and their talent,” she continued.

Although MUO has not issued an official statement on its various official platforms and channels, some country directors claimed to have received a directive from head office directing them to allow women who have been married or had children to participate. . in their respective national competitions who will choose the delegates for the 72nd edition of the international competition next year.

Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee, who finished third in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, has yet to confirm the directive.

The Miss Universe Pageant was established in 1952 in California and has been one of the most watched international competitions in the world with an estimated audience of 500 million people worldwide. He only accepts single women who have not had children since then.

The Philippines is among the first countries to send a representative to the first edition of the international competition. Teresita Sanchez first wore the country’s colors in the global tilt. She was not placed.

Olivia Quido-Co/ARMIN P. ADINA

Olivia Quido-Co Image: Philippine Daily Inquirer / Armin P. Adina

Co’s Olivia Quido Clinical Skincare first entered the Miss Universe Pageant in 2019. She has cared for delegates’ skin and complexion since then, and will continue to do so for this year’s edition, her fourth year as the official skincare sponsor.

“MUO called me. They also said they wanted to develop a Miss Universe branded skincare line with me,” she shared.

Italian-Filipino model and real estate agent Celeste Cortesi will represent the Philippines in this year’s edition of the Miss Universe pageant and will try to top her predecessor Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Top 5 last year.

Four Filipino women have been crowned Miss Universe: Gloria Diaz (1969), Margarita Moran (1973), Pia Wurtzbach (2015) and Catriona Gray (2018). J.B.


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