Sa panayam ng PUSH kay Miss World Philippines Michelle Dee sa presscon ng pelikulang Cara X Jagger ay ibinahagi niya kung ano ang advice na ibinibigay sa kanya ng inang si Mellanie Marquez na dati ring beauty queen ngayong nalalapit na ang kanyang paglaban sa Miss World pageant.
Si Melanie ay kinoronahang Miss International noong 1979. Ang tatay naman ni Michelle ay ang dating aktor at ngayon ay businessman na si Derek Dee.
Ani Michelle, “It’s really just about being yourself, trying to shine as your own woman, trying to embrace everything about yourself. Kasi, I’m not trying to be like my cousin, I’m not trying to be the next Melanie Marquez. I’m trying to be Michelle Dee. So, ‘yon naman po.”
Hindi naman nakakaramdam ng pressure si Michelle sa ginagawang pagkukumpara ng ilan sa kanilang mag-ina lalo pa nga’t nanalo na ng international crown ang nanay niya.
“Well, I admire my mom also, I feel na that’s something I should be proud of. Kasi, not everyone gets someone like my mom as their parent. I’ve had such a good upbringing, she’s done nothing but support me very, very well. In terms of comparison, it’s something that I take positively,” katwiran pa niya.
Sa palagay ba niya ay ano ang chance na masungkit niya ang Miss World crown na unang beses na napanalunan ni Megan Young noong 2013?
“I feel, like, it’s very strong,” sagot ng dalaga. And that’s not just because of my personal evaluation, it’s because of the evaluation that I’ve had from other people.
“I never grew up dreaming to be a beauty queen, but I do believe in myself. I believe that I have the qualities to become a beauty queen. I’ve been helping other people ever since I was young, sports is such a big thing,” lahad pa ni Michelle.
Patuloy pa niya, “Thanks to my mom, I have the height and I have her guidance as well. I believe in their support system so much, my training camp as well, which is Aces & Queens. I feel, like, we have a really good chance.
“Just with the international polls, I’ve been consistently in the Top 10. So, I’m just hoping that I can continue that momentum.”
Samantala, sa November 19 na ang punto ni Michelle sa London to compete for the 69th Miss World na gaganapin naman sa December 14.
Habang busy sa paghahanda sa pageant, excited din siya sa pagpapalabas ng Cara X Jagger sa Nov. 6 kung saan kasama niya sina Jasmine Curtis at Ruru Madrid.