A partner of the Miss Universe contest supported the idea of the international beauty pageant accepting mothers and married women as contestants.
Reports indicate that Miss Universe will allow them to compete starting next year.
Filipino beauty specialist Olivia Quido-Cowhose skincare brand is the official beauty partner of Miss Universe, said she was “agree” with the prestigious pageant changing its rules to be more inclusive.
“Siyempre nagulat (ako), kasi after 71 years, rule pinalitan nila ‘yung, pero, I agree with that. We give opportunities to everyone,” she told News5 entertainment correspondent MJ Marfori.
Quido-Co said she finds the reported rule change to be an “equality” among aspiring beauty queens, as there are married women and mothers who also dream of becoming beauty queens.
“I agree with this kasi marami naman, kumbaga, pinag-aralan, nag-research, nag-survey, so ‘yun’ yung mga palagi nilang naririnig na ‘Sana, meron din, pwede rin sa may anak na’ kasi siyempre, can mga batang on this age na pangarap nila ‘yun, but they don’t have the opportunity, sila very limited,” she said.
Quido-Co added that she has “met” women who fit the age range of the pageant but cannot enter because they have become pregnant.
“Ako, I agree with that (new rule). Gusto ko silang mabigyan ng lucky to be on this stage and show their beauty and talent globally,” she was quoted in another report.
Shamcey soupthe director of the Miss Universe Philippines organization, said they would “wait” for the official statement from the Miss Universe Organization before commenting.
Meanwhile, based on the beautician’s Instagram report Magali Feblesthe Miss Universe organization will begin accepting married women and mothers from 2023. She is the National Director of Miss Universe Dominican Republic.
The reported change will be applied in the next edition since many countries have already chosen their representatives for the 2022 edition next December.
A UAE newspaper also cited an “internal memo” that reportedly mentioned the contest rule change.
“In an internal memo seen by The National, the organization says it has always strived to move with the times and the latest decision was the natural next step,” the report said.
He also quoted parts of the supposed memo: “We all believe that women should have power over their lives and that the personal decisions of a human being should not be a barrier to their success.”
The Miss Universe pageant, considered the most prestigious beauty pageant in the world, is currently restricted to single women between the ages of 18 and 28 who have never been pregnant or had children.