By Inday Chikadora | 01:17 PM December 09, 2019
When South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi won the Miss Universe 2019 crown, it meant Miss Universe is not just about skin color.
Some beauty queens in Bohol also shared their thoughts about embracing one’s skin color on their own Facebook accounts.
“But seriously, lahi ra gyud ang feels if black beauty ang ma Miss Universe. Maka-empower samot. Congrats again Miss South Africa! Sending you all my love and support! Praying for a prosperous reign ahead,” Miss Bohol 2014 Queenie Melody Fullante posted on Facebook.
Fullante was bashed before because of her skin color during the Miss Bohol 2014. But she became the quintessential symbol of Boholana beauty, brains and breeding.
Fullante also congratulated Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados who was crowned Miss Bohol 2017 1st runner-up.
“And to our very own Gazini Ganados, proud gyapon mi kaayo nimo Dai! Lablab. 💕,” she added.
Miss Bohol 2000 Mellanie Wallace also posted about how proud she is of her color.
“I have always been very proud with the color I am in. Embrace it, South Africa! 👸🏾💃🏽,” Wallace wrote on her Facebook status.
She added the hashtag #wakokailaugGluta.
More recently, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, these pageants have continued to change, with many contestants pushing for diversity and women’s empowerment over beauty alone.
With the new Miss Universe, it proves that beauty isn’t about skin color.
True Beauty is what’s within your heart.