miss universe: “but she’s so dark”

that’s the typical sentiment i hear every time the topic of miss philippines comes up. yeah i’m super late with this but miss universe definitely opened up the dialogue for mestiza stardom (coined by my film prof. bliss lim) in the philippines and their obsession with light skin. for the record,  i’m proud to be a morena because it’s what i was born with so it makes me incredibly happy to see someone who is brown like me in a beauty pageant representing the philippines. maybe my mom will stop buying me whitening soap now (prolly not). this woman went from a hut in a rice field to the miss universe pageant. so inspiring!

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