They glide onto the stage clad in the country's finest creations, deliver inspirational (and sometimes meme-inducing) answers to the judges' questions, and bring home crowns that'd make any nation beyond proud. It's the very picture of glitz and glamour, but what happens years later? Below, eight former pageant princesses who've proven that you never really outgrow the 'beauty' in 'beauty queen'.
MEGAN YOUNG, Miss World 2013
After starring as Marimar in GMA's 2015 remake and headlining 2016's Alyas Robin Hood alongside Dingdong Dantes, Megan hosted the annual Miss World pageant just last December!
VENUS RAJ, Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010
Following an Umagang Kay Ganda hosting stint, Venus briefly left the spotlight to pursue her Masters in Community Development at the University of the Philippines Diliman and became an active participant in the charity group Care For Children.
SHAMCEY SUPSUP, Miss Universe Philippines 2011
In 2013, Shamcey married longtime sweetheart Lloyd Lee. Three years later, she gave birth to a baby girl named Nyke. She was also one of the original hosts for CNN Philippines' Real Talk, which she left in 2015 to focus on motherhood.
MARGARITA MORAN, Miss Universe 1973
Currently the President of Ballet Philippines, Margie Moran is also a peace advocate for the Mindanao Commission on Women Organization; she also recently became an ambassador-trustee of Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
PRECIOUS LARA QUIGAMAN, Miss International 2005
Lara is now a mom, but that definitely hasn't stopped her from landing supporting roles in various top-rating hit TV series—Til I Met You, Magpahanggang Wakas, All of Me, and You're My Home included.
MIRIAM QUIAMBAO, Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1999
Miriam published her first book, He Can Catch You When You Fall, in 2015. It's an inspirational autobiography that talks about her experiences with marriage, controversy, and second chances. A must-read!
JANINE TUGONON, Miss Universe Philippines 2012
Now based in the United States to pursue her studies, Janine is also signed under MSA Models, with two of her biggest endorsements being Wells Fargo and Walmart. She recently modeled for Victoria's Secret Pink, the iconic fashion brand's younger line targeted at university-aged women.
VALERIE WEIGMANN, Miss World Philippines 2014
A jetsetting entrepreneur, Valerie now works under agency MSA Models and co-owns Manila's first German-Turkish restaurant, Bamm, located at The Collective in Makati.