On August 9, Rita Gaviola took to Instagram to reveal that she is now a mother to a baby girl.
The 19-year-old former Pinoy Big Brother housemate rose to fame when a photographer shared her photo on social media, where she was dubbed Badjao Girl. She was 13 then.
Some netizens who were following her journey supported her, while others reacted negatively, saying that her career has ended because she got pregnant early.
One user said, she was disappointed because she admires Rita for her perseverance in fulfilling her family's dreams. "Ngayon parang ayokong tularan siya ng mga bata na mag-boyfriend ng maaga dahil sa kapusukan yun ang napapala. Iba na kasi ang buhay pag may anak ka na," it read.
Rita has been vocal about her dream to join Miss Universe, that's why her followers are feeling sorry for her.
Rita replied and said, "Hindi lahat ng may anak doon natatapos ang lahat ng mga pangarap. Hindi din ako pwede tularan ng mga kabataan dahil may mga sarili kaming isip at buhay. Pero isa lang masasabi ko, proud ako kasi kahit ganito ako, hindi ko pinalaglag yung baby ko kesa naman katulad ng iba diyan para lang sa career. Madami pa pwedeng gawin."
Some of her followers supported her, and said, "Walang sayang! Kaya pa niya gawin ang lahat ng pangarap niya para sa sarili niya lalo na sa baby niya."
But some were shocked by the news because Rita even joined a beauty pageant segment of the noontime variety show It's Showtime in February 2022. "Sayang, akala ko pa naman magiging beauty queen ka, pero life goes on what ever path you choose."
Recently, Missossology, a leading beauty pageant website that covers and analyzes beauty pageants, revealed that the Miss Universe Organization will start accepting mothers and married women to compete in their pageant starting next year.
On their Facebook page, an excerpt of an email reportedly sent to national directors on August 6 read, "Effective the 72nd Miss Universe and national preliminary competition leading up to it, women who are or have been married, as well as women who are pregnant or have children, will be able to compete."
However, Miss Universe has yet to publicly announce this 'historic change.'
This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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