Beauty pageants find a good chunk of its supporters in the Philippines, especially with the recent successes of Filipino representatives like Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, among others. It's also not unlikely for beauty queens to enter showbiz, as seen from the likes of Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa.
But it can also happen the other way around, with showbiz personalities hoping to enter the pageant scene and represent the country in international competitions. Below, we round up celebrities who have expressed interest in becoming beauty queens:
Starstruck alum and Kapuso star Klea Pineda has always dreamed of becoming a beauty queen. Klea's inspirations are Miss Universe reps Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray, both of whom gave her advice about joining beauty pageants. At 22, Klea still hopes to one day join a beauty pageant and hopefully represent the country as a beauty queen.
Another Kapuso actress whose childhood dream is to be a beauty queen would be none other than Gabbi Garcia. When she was a child, Gabbi would always tune in to beauty pageants even if they were showing past her bed time. But the universe had other plans for Gabbi, and she was instead led to the showbiz industry. Even though she'd love to make her childhood dream come true, Gabbi once shared in an interview that it wouldn't exactly be easy to give up her booming showbiz career right now.
Kapamilya actress Kira Bailnger once said that joining a pageant is in her long-term plans. According to ABS-CBN News, Kira's current focus is her acting career, but she hopes to start "gathering experience" in pageantry and find her advocacies before eventually trying out to become a beauty queen. "It's a big platform where makikita lahat ng advocacies, how you can help, so I really need to be prepared for that type of responsibility," she says in the interview.
24-year-old actress Sanya Lopez is a fan-favorite to join Miss U, and the actress has expressed that her doors are open to the opportunity in the future. Even Pia Wurtzbach herself volunteered to train Sanya should she wish to join a beauty pageant. Right now, though, Sanya wants to focus on her acting projects with GMA.
It's no secret that Kisses Delavin is experienced with joining beauty pageants, even before she became a PBB housemate. In 2018, Kisses also shared that she hopes to rekindle her interest in becoming a beauty queen.
* This story originally appeared on Candymag.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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