When it comes to the most anticipated beauty pageants in the Philippines, critics are inevitable. Even Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Marquez Dee was not exempt from this, being questioned on her recent victory.
Nevertheless, the titleholder is unbothered, and here’s how she reacted to them: “It’s expected, it’s very inevitable because you have fans supporting different bets, and when their bets don’t win, they’ll have a negative reaction,” Michelle told Nelson Canlas in his podcast last Wednesday night. She continued, “So how does it affect me? It doesn’t. I don’t give anyone, especially those who don’t know me or the right to affect who I am or who I believe I am.”
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This exuding confidence comes as no surprise, with the newly-crowned queen’s efforts after admittedly being heartbroken when she did not win Miss Universe Philippines in 2022. According to her, her best friends Rhian Ramos and Max Collins can attest to that. “They saw how much it broke my heart not to win last year. And this year, they witnessed how hard I worked to get the crown. So they really saw the blood, sweat, and tears and the dedication that I put just to win this crown and a lot of people are saying, oh, you know, this, this, this, and this. But it’s the people closest to me that really can attest to how passionate I was and how dedicated I was to achieving my goal,” she recalled.
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Michelle is set to represent the Philippines at the Miss Universe 2023 pageant in El Salvador later this year.
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