Life in the Fast Lane


Brains, Beauty, Principles

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"Brains and beauty".

This statement is the one cliché that people often use to define what a woman should be.

But today, in this age of female empowerment, I believe that women can and should be more than just beauty and brains.

For one thing, I admire a woman who is principled. She walks her talk. She sticks to her convictions even if everyone else disagrees with her.

It is for this reason that I can't help but admire Ms. Shamcey Supsup, the Philippines' bet for Miss Universe 2011.

We already know that she's a beauty. She has gorgeous tanned skin, flawless pearly whites, and eyes that smile.

We also know that she has the brains. Not only did she graduate magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines, she also topped the Architecture Licensure Examination in July 2010.

But what she proved to us all in the Q&A portion of this year's Miss Universe was that she was also a strong, principled woman.

In every elimination round, Shamcey Supsup made it. Out of all the candidates, she was one of the fortunate few to be shortlisted to the Top 16.

The whole country cheered when, once again, she made it to the Top 10. Then the Top 5, just like our rep last year, Venus Raj.

Then came the dreaded Q&A portion. The one that makes or breaks the contestants.

Shamcey Supsup was the second one to answer. Vivica Fox then asked her if she would ever change religion to marry the man she loves.

This was Shamcey's reply:

"If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me and I have my faith and my principles and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too."

This was a very bold answer, in a setting that would demand political (and universal?) correctness. I can imagine others being shocked at her lack of leniency or flexibility. "You wouldn't even reach a compromise or meet that person halfway?", some may wonder.

But whether or not you agree with her, whether or not you're of the same faith as she, you can't help but respect and possibly even admire her.

She stood up for her beliefs. In a span of 30 seconds, which is the time allotted for each contestant, she chose to remain principled and say what was truly in her heart.

Despite possible opposition.

Despite the fact that her answer may have cost her the Crown.

Shamcey Supsup didn't win the title this year. She didn't even place second when a lot of people thought she had a good chance of winning or at least being the runner-up.

She ended the competition as the third runner-up, much to my surprise.

But ultimately, what mattered was how she stood her ground and inspired so many people with her answer. My Twitter feed was filled with praises for Ms. Supsup. I even saw tweets from other countries commending her for not only answering well, but for being a principled woman.

Thank you, Ms. Shamcey Supsup, for emboldening the woman of today; for reminding her that there's more to being a woman than beauty or brains. That being a woman of faith, of conviction, is what will set her apart.

I'm also sure that you made God smile with your answer. You definitely made me grin from ear to ear.

Mabuhay ang Filipina!

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  1. I totally agree with you, Tina! She is one bold woman. In those 30 seconds she bared her heart and soul and the One who occupies it. :)

  2. Indeed she did. She may not have won the Crown but she won people over. And more importantly, she gave her King the glory. :)


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