- Miss Philippines Earth recently held a virtual press conference which aired on YouTube
- Miss Philippines Earth candidates from El Nido and Caloocan were both asked whether they approve of having trans women compete on the same stage
- According to these candidates, they do not believe that trans women should compete alongside cisgender women in beauty pageants
- The two candidates explained that trans women should compete in a separate pageant in order to show their own beauty and skills
Miss Philippines Earth recently held an online press conference that aired on the pageant's official YouTube channel on June 1, 2021.
During the course of the press conference, Gab Galvez asked Miss Caloocan Jerimi Nuqui and Miss El Nido Daena Yapparcon a rather timely question as June is considered globally as LGBTQ Pride Month.
He asked the two candidates whether they approve of having trans women compete alongside cisgender women on the same beauty pageants.
Both of the candidates do not think it is right to have trans women compete on the same stage as cisgender women. According to Yapparcon, the pageants were about celebrating the natural beauty of women and femininity. Similarly, Nuqui explained that there should be inclusivity with regards to the pageant. She also went on to say, "Miss Universe [sic] we are celebrating the natural beauty of naturally born women."
The two Miss Philippines Earth candidates further explained that they respect the transgender community but they believe that they should have their own beauty pageants in order to show their own beauty and talent.
You can watch the candidates' full answer at the 56:17 mark:
KAMI previously reported that beauty queen Rabiya Mateo and her longtime boyfriend, Neil Salvacion, have recently called it quits. In a post where she prayed for a stronger spirit and heart, Rabiya responded to a netizen who criticized her for breaking up with her boyfriend.
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KAMI also reported that Catriona Gray recently had a global media conference to promote her new single R.Y.F. In the conference, the beauty queen revealed the hardships and rejections she experienced. According to Catriona, being rejected over and over again caused her to question herself and her worth.
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