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From ‘World to Universe,’ Michelle Dee treads path taken by queens earlier than her

Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee. Image: Instagram/@themissuniverseph

Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee. Picture: Instagram/@themissuniverseph

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Michelle Dee has now gained each the Miss World Philippines and Miss Universe Philippines crowns. Certainly not is it a simple feat, however she just isn’t the primary from the nation to take the leap from “World” to “Universe.”

Catriona Grey was the primary Filipino lady to perform this. Earlier than she turned Miss Universe in 2018, the Australian-Filipino singer and mannequin first represented the Philippines within the 2016 Miss World pageant in the USA the place she completed within the High 5.

She handily gained her nationwide titles within the 2016 Miss World Philippines and 2018 Binibining Pilipinas pageants, additionally taking house the lion’s share of particular awards in each contests. She additionally went to her worldwide competitions as a frontrunner, getting the eye of worldwide pageant followers proper after incomes her nationwide crowns.

In Dee’s case, the Miss World Philippines title fell on her lap with a convincing win. However she needed to make two makes an attempt earlier than scoring her Miss Universe Philippines victory. She first joined the nationwide competitors final 12 months and completed with the Miss Universe Philippines-Tourism crown.

However the two Filipino queens aren’t the one ones who made the brave transfer of crossing main pageant strains. Different Miss Universe winners have additionally seen motion on the Miss World stage earlier than bagging the crown, like Grey.

The newest of whom is 2020 Miss Universe Andrea Meza from Mexico, who completed second within the 2017 Miss World pageant the place she was additionally proclaimed as Queen of the Americas.

After which there’s Mpule Kwelagobe, Botswana’s first consultant within the Miss Universe pageant who snuck the worldwide title from Filipino contender Miriam Quiambao in 1999. She was a contestant within the 1997 Miss World pageant, the place she didn’t even place.

The African magnificence queen’s case was much like Dutch magnificence Angela Visser’s, who went house empty-handed within the 1988 Miss World pageant held months earlier than she captured the 1989 Miss Universe crown.

Michelle McLean turned Namibia’s first, and thus far solely, Miss Universe winner in 1992. Months earlier than the competition, she competed within the 1991 Miss World pageant the place she completed within the High 5.

However for Dee, profitable the Miss Universe crown is not going to solely be a narrative of a profitable pageant crossover. Bringing house the title can even imply that she has continued her household’s legacy of asserting the Philippines’ dominance on the worldwide pageant stage. Her mom is 1979 Miss Worldwide Melanie Marquez, whereas her cousin is 2017 Reina Hispanoamericana Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez.

Dee will characterize the Philippines within the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador later this 12 months. There, she is going to attempt to grow to be the fifth Filipino lady to carry house the crown, after Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), Pia Wurtzbach (2015), and Grey. EDV


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