- Model Michelle Dee was crowned as Miss World Philippines 2019
- Dee will be representing the Philippines in the Miss World 2019 pageant in London, United Kingdom
- The Miss World Final will be on December 14, 2019
MANILA, PHILIPPINES –Michelle Dee bested 39 other candidates and was named Miss World Philippines 2019 Sunday at the pageant’s coronation night at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The young model is following the footsteps of her mother, Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez. She will be representing the Philippines in the Miss World 2019 pageant in London, United Kingdom.
Dee also named Miss Myra E, Miss GCOX, Miss Bluewater Day Spa (tied with Casie Banks), Miss Best Skin (tied with Kelley Day) and Miss Bench.
Alongside Dee, the other winners are Katrina Llegado (Miss Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas), Kelley Day (Miss Eco Philippines), Isabelle de Leon (Miss Multinational Philippines), Glyssa Perez (Miss Tourism Philippines), Vanessa Mae Walters (Miss Eco Teen Philippines), Shannon Kerver (1st Princess) and Casie Banks (2nd Princess).
To date, only Megan Young has brought home the Miss World crown for the Philippines. She competed in 2013.
The rest of the candidates who made it on the top 12 are the following:
The candidates who made it to the Top 12 are:
- Glyssa Perez
- Shannon Christie Kerver
- Tracy Maureen Perez
- Billie Hakenson
- Katrina Llegado
- Isabelle De Leon
- Michelle Arceo
- Vanessa Mae Walters
- Casie Banks
- Michelle Thorlund
- Michelle Dee
- Kelley Day
Miss World candidates from around the world will participate in a three-week festival at the Miss World Final. Contestants will arrive in London on Nov. 20 and the grand final will take place on Dec. 14, Saturday at ExCeL London.
The opening ceremony will be held in London and each contestant will then compete in a series of fast track events that guarantees a place in the top 30. These categories include: Multimedia, Sport, Talent, Top model, Head to Head Challenge and Beauty with a Purpose. These categories also aim to take the candidates on a journey across some of the London’s most iconic landmarks.
GETTING TO KNOW MICHELLE DEE
Dee certainly came from a family of beauty and grace. Apart from being the daughter of a prestigious beauty queen, she is also the cousin of another former Miss World Philippines titleholder, Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Wynwyn Marquez.
But certainly, she doesn’t rely on her lineage alone. The model-slash-actress has been very busy forging her very own identity in the industry. In an interview with entertainment portal Pep, she mentioned that when she was starting out, the beauty queen made it a point to introduce herself simply as Michelle Dee.
“I came to shoots as Michelle Dee. I never told them that I’m also a Marquez until they started asking about my background.”
Bursting out into the scene in 2016, she first modeled for the Filipino clothing store Bench. Being a graduate of BS Psychology from De La Salle University, she is a woman well-rounded with different kinds of interests.
On Instagram, she posts about her acting work over at GMA, fitness, fashion, photography, attending the Pride march, and her apparent love for big bikes.
Dee also shared about a cause close to her heart, which is the welfare of children with special needs. In a video that she released, she shared about the life with two siblings with autism was like. “This world needs to stop forcing a certain reality,” she continues.
She also went to Sagada along with the Center For Possibilities, Inc. to visit a school that caters to children with special needs. “Medical missions are regularly arranged to help families diagnose their children and to help them understand what it truly means to share a life with them. I’m proud to say that it’s been 5 years and progress has been so beautiful,” she said.
Dee proves to be a woman who is more than just beauty. She is a great representation of the Philippines in the national stage.
Source: ABS CBN, Rappler, PEP