Michelle Dee Gives Miss Universe Philippines Another Try
Actress and beauty queen Michelle Dee, daughter of Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, submitted her Miss Universe Philippines application form.
Actress and beauty queen Michelle Dee is giving it another shot for Miss Universe Philippines. On Tuesday, February 14, the Mga Lihim ng Urduja star and last year’s Miss Universe Tourism winner was spotted at the Empire PH office submitting her application form. One of her good friends, actress Rhian Ramos, accompanied her.
On Instagram, Michelle who previously won Miss World Philippines in 2019 wrote: “If not now then when?” She followed with the hashtag #deepatapos.
“Thank you for all the love! I hear you, I’m with you and most importantly we’re in this together. All love.”
Several of Michelle’s friends in showbiz and pageantry gave their full support. Among those who commented include Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez, and Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados.
It runs in the family
The pageant industry is no stranger to Michelle. As the daughter of actress, model, and Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, many have urged her several times before she plunged into Miss World Philippines.
She represented the country in the Miss World pageant in London where she placed as part of the Top 12.
After crowning her successor, Michelle gave pageantry a second try and joined Miss Universe Philippines in 2022. She ended up winning the title of Miss Tourism with Celeste Cortesi as the winner.
Long before joining pageants, Michelle has been involved in various projects close to her heart. Speaking to Modern Parenting in 2022, she spoke about her advocacy for autism as a sister with two siblings under the autism spectrum.
“We should not bully them because a lot of autistic people get bullied and judge for who they are. And that’s their identity. They don’t deserve to be treated that way. If anything, we should be the ones championing their quality of life,” she said.
“If we meet somebody and we know of the issue, we should teach them to be compassionate. And if we’re in the position to voice out their concerns like me here on [the] Miss Universe Philippines stage, a position that possibly the educational sector, government sector can listen—then we should explain to them in any way we can.”