Having been crowned Miss World 2013 and the first-ever Filipina to have won the title, Megan Young was the guest of honor at Shopee’s Beauty Fair, held at the Grand Ballroom 3, Okada Manila on Tuesday, July 19.
The theme for the affair was ‘Empowering Women and Breaking the Beauty Standard’.
In an article from a site called ThoughtCatalog.com, to which Becca Martin wrote, it mentioned: “Your flaws aren’t really your flaws; they are simply a part of who you are. They do not define you. They do not make you any less lovable; they do not make you any less kind or any less intelligent. They do not limit your ability to become strong and empowering, they do not limit your chances at success or make you worthless.”
The message supports what Miss World 2013 have said during her talk, “Joining Miss World five years ago really took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to be more confident. After being crowned, I realized I was in a position where I had the power to influence young women, and I wanted to do my part to encourage them to stand up for themselves.
“I used to just shrug-off people who say insensitive or hurtful comments, but now I call them out and tell them they’re wrong, and I encourage all women to not be afraid to do the same.”
In an age where social media has taken over the lives of people especially the younger generation, Ms. Young, who also saw flaws in herself, but did not allow other people’s thoughts about her to ruin her day, her love for herself, and her love for something she wants to do in life—she has accepted the responsibility of helping and empowering humans especially women to take control of any situation and remain confident about themselves.
She also shared how she struggled with her own insecurities prior to her being crowned as Miss World, “It’s because we allow beauty standards to define us. That is why I had a constant struggle with the insecurities people would put upon me and tell me ‘that’s not beautiful’, ‘that’s not a great form’. My teeth are not straight but I got so much flak from it in beauty pageants because they weren’t perfect. But I told them, they’re great. They set me apart. They may not be straight but at least I can eat with them.”
The Shopee Beauty Fair also had Maybelline’s top beauty influencers like Martha Jante, Kristine Roces of Real Asian Beauty and Helen Payawal of Helen on Fleek talked about their work as influencers and bloggers in the beauty industry. They shared their everyday struggles as women in their field and how they were able to overcome it with the confidence that makeup has been able to give them.
The event was co-presented by Maybelline and Palmolive and was made possible in the cooperation with Grab, Colgate, Belo, and Creations by Lourd Ramos.
Shopee’s continued commitment to empowering Filipina across the country was the main reason why this fair was staged.