Half-Pinay joins Miss Universe Malaysia, redefines beauty standards amid skin condition

Half-Pinay joins Miss Universe Malaysia, redefines beauty standards amid skin condition

-This is one of those inspiring stories you come across online

-What makes this even more relatable is that this is a tale of a half-Pinoy trying her luck at an international competition

-This 20-year-old girl from Kota Kinabalu joined Miss Universe - Malaysia in the hopes of fulfilling her beauty queen dreams, despite her “exotic” beauty

Evita Patcey Edgar Delmundo has been receiving praises not only for her unconventional beauty, but more so for her courage and incredible confidence, and her ability to embrace her body.

She suffers from a condition called 'Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus', wherein the melanin in her body is unevenly distributed, hence having mole-like patches on her skin throughout her entire body.

This half-Filipina aspiring beauty queen looks back on the times she was bullied as a kid for how she looked. Growing up, she was often called “monster” and “chipsmore” by kids in school.

“I use to cry and blame fate for the way I was born but when I entered high school it all turned for the better. People were more accepting of who I am, I had friends and I became more confident in myself.”

According to Evita, she received words of encouragement from pageant people when she signed up for Ms. Universe - Malaysia. Despite turning heads and being surprised, the women from the registration desk praised her for being so tough and brave, and they were all very supportive of her, promising to cheer her on.

Evita looks up to Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, who like her, is also half-Filipina. She definitely can’t wait for pageant day to come, so she can show the world, the universe rather, that she’s got what it takes to be a true-blue beauty queen.

“I’m just keeping my fingers crossed. If I don’t get through, there’s always another platform.”

Good luck, Evita! We’re cheering on you from here!

KAMI wishes to remind everyone that beauty is indeed skin-deep. How you look on the outside does not count so much as what’s inside, such as personality, character, wit, intelligence and talent. While it’s true that we are all unique, let us not single out anyone who looks different from us. Let’s embrace diversity and welcome confidence!

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