She comes from the world’s powerhouse for pageant queens. Rose Flores will compete for the title of Miss World Philippines 2017 in a few weeks. In just a span of 3 years, the Philippines claimed all the Big 4 crowns, Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.
Beauty pageants are very much embedded in Philippines society. They fill the calendar all year round from small time local competitions to more colourful carnival competitions. There are pageants for straight and gay men and women, for transgenders, for housewives and grandmothers. Pia Wurtzbach encouraged many young Filipino women to dream of becoming a beauty queen. For some, the celebrity status that comes with winning a pageant meant better opportunities for the candidate and her family.
In a way, a beauty queen's victory somewhat symbolizes another woman's hopes and dreams.