Asia’s Next Top Model season 2 finalist is Miss World Philippines 2018. Katarina Rodriguez, 26 years old from Davao proved to people that beauty pageants are more than pitting women against each other for the crown, but a venue for women empowerment.
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Last night, beauty pageant fans, friends, and families of the 40 beautiful competitors from all over the country filled the Mall of Asia Arena for Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night.
However, out of 40 candidates, Katarina bested them all by winning the crown as well as other special awards such as Best in Long Gown, Miss Resorts World Manila, Miss Bench Body, Beach Beauty Challenge, Miss Bluewater Day Spa, and Miss Cosmo Skin. Katarina is also part of the seven finalists of the Top Model award.
Katarina says beauty pageants are all about woman empowerment
In the question and answer portion, Katarina was asked a question “There are people who believe that beauty pageants are a form of women exploitation. What can you do to change their opinion?”
Admitting, Katarina said she was one of those people who thought of beauty pageants that way until she learned more about what beauty pageants are about. She also answered the question swiftly which led her in winning the crown. “One thing I can tell you is that you may think it’s very competitive but it’s not. You understand beauty pageants when you know that it is actually not competitive against other women. It’s actually competitive towards yourself. And in a sense, it’s all about woman empowerment. And you can feel that in this group of girls… each girl knows that we are all individually beautiful,” she said.
Katarina will compete in the Miss World 2018 pageant in Sanya, China in December.