The first ever Miss Universe Philippines, will be crowned in 2020. The Miss Universe Philippines franchise was awarded to Shamcey Supsup-Lee. Shamcey is a former Miss Universe Philippines, who placed 3rd runner up at the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant. In the past, the Miss Universe Philippines title was awarded as one of the six Binibining Pilipinas titles. Now pageant fans, around the world, eagerly watch for updates from the new organization. On March 6th, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization released 2020 contestants headshots. Here are my top 10 favorites.
#10 Davao City (Alaiza Flor P. Malinao)
Alaiza is a former Asia’s Next Top Model, Cycle 4, contestant. Her natural beauty shines through in all her images. Her modeling experience is sure to benefit her for Miss Universe Philippines 2020. However, with beauty such as her’s, I expected a stronger image with a more intentional facial expression.
#9 Cebu City (Tracy Maureen Perez)
Tracy sailed through to my top 10 headshots because of her soft and pleasant facial expression that quickly caught my eye. She looks naturally beautiful in her headshot. I personally think she could have gone for lighter makeup in her image. But, the photo is beautiful regardless of that.
#8 Iloilo City (Rabiya Mateo)
Rabiya’s desire to win the crown is evident in her contestant video’s and this image of her is no different. She’s on top of her game for every area of competition. I believe she is a serious competitor that has the potential to pierce the top 5 at Miss Universe Philippines 2020.
#7 Pasay (Zandra Nicole A. Sta. Maria)
To my great surprise, Zandra is a first time pageant contestant. So far, her images and styling at pageant events, that make her look like a seasoned competitor. In my opinion, she is a dark horse in this competition that may steal the spotlight from other highly favored contestants.
#6 Paranaque (Ysabella R. Ysmael)
Ysabella is the niece of Former Miss Universe Philippines, Miss Universe 1973, Margie Moran. You might say pageantry runs strong in her veins. Clearly, she’s taken some cues from her well-known aunt. She proves to be memorable at each event and photoshoot. Her styling is versatile. She always brings something new to the table, which is why she’s one to watch.
#5 Davao Del Norte (We’am R. Ahmed)
We’am’s image is immediately captivating. Her straight gaze into the camera is well posed. Her chopped hairstyle and natural curls are not something often seen in pageantry; they afford her with a uniquely memorable look. Her strong facial features carry her hairstyle effortlessly.
#4 Cebu Province (Apriel D. Smith)
Apriel is a major fan favorite and is no stranger to pageantry. Her experience shines through in this image, that would cause anyone to do a double take. My hope for her on stage is to see a little less contouring; she’s beautiful without the exaggerated shadows.
#3 Quezon City (Michele Theresa I. Gumabao)
Arguably one of the most well known contestants is Michele Guamabao. Known as a sports host and top professionally volleyball player, Michele is showing that she can hold her own in the world of pageantry, with her eye-catching beauty.
#2 Batanes (Jan Alexis H. Elcano)
What I love most about Jan’s image is her soft brow and makeup. Although this image features a posed hand, which I’m usually not a fan of, it’s positioning is not distracting to Michele’s beauty. She seems at ease in front of the camera, and for that, she snagged the number 2 headshot.
#1 Sorsogon (Maria Isabella B. Galeria)
The number one headshot belongs to Maria Isabella, Sorsogon! Maria competed for the Miss Universe Philippines title in Binibining Pilipinas 2019. Similar to Gazini Ganados, Miss Universe Philippines 2019, Maria Isabella’s facial beauty is striking on stage. With her beauty and experience, Maria Isabella has the potential to win the Miss Universe crown if she focuses on improving her public speaking skills.
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