Her crown and title as Miss Universe 2018 are only a manifestation of Catriona Grey’s regard for womanhood. And if you must know, her regard for women is inspirational. Unafraid to use her voice and take a stand, this beauty queen addresses issues – even sensitive ones that can put her in the hot seat – that have long tormented Filipinas like herself.
Exhibit A: Catriona shooting back at a male netizen who didn’t have any nice words to say about her body. In his comment, the netizen was asking for her vital statistics because, apparently, her waistline doesn’t look consistent in her photoshoots.
“May we know po anong vital stats ni Kat? Bat parang hindi klaro parati ang waist nya? Or sadyang she has an elaborate rib cage?”
Good thing, Catriona knows better than to feed into the objectification of women concealed by an “innocent” question.
“What number would be good for you? What number constitutes my worth, or a ‘perfect’ figure? I hope you would see women as individuals whose worth are defined by what they do and who they are, not by numbers on a tape.”
We can recall that this isn’t the first time that a beauty queen has spoken up against the flawed body image of women in today’s society. Ariella Arida, who was crowned the Miss Universe Philippines in 2013, has previously said that the Binibining Pilipinas should start accepting contestants of different body types for representation.
“They have (this) stereotype daw of beauty queens na parang almost perfect — perfect body, perfect face. Parang it attributes to all the physical na nakikita nila, but then in reality talaga, basically ‘yong beauty pageant, it promotes self-confidence.”
For Ariella, women should always wear their “invisible crowns”, which is self-confidence.
“Be confident to whoever you are, kung ano pa ‘yong body type mo o body frame mo.”