Filipina beauty queen Rabiya Mateo confidently showed her bare face on social media ahead of the Miss Universe pageant.
"I live in a cruel industry. I’m always compared to different girls. People have always something to say like, You’re not beautiful enough. You’re so thin. I don’t like what you wear.’ But then life is never superficial," Rabiya remarked.
Rabiya stressed that being a beauty queen is not just what looks good on the outside but it's also what 's on the inside and how we choose to celebrate others.
"It’s not always what’s attractive to our eyes but it’s the love we choose to build, the connection we make to people and how we want to celebrate ourselves!" she said.
Rabiya said that even without makeup and the fancy clothes, she said that she remains phenomenal.
"This is the real me. No make up. No heavy hair extensions. Nothing fancy to wear. Just me. Even in my simplest form, I know in my heart I am nothing less than phenomenal," she stated.
Fellow beauty queens of Rabiya were quick to comment on her post and commended her.
"You are your OWN Queen! Go get that crown for all of us. We believe in you and you don't need to prove anything," Samantha Bernardo said.
"There’s one thing I am sure of. You are our Miss Universe Philippines 2020 and nobody can take that away from you," MJ Lastimosa stated.