In a 2015 article by Devorah Blachor for the Huffington Post, she made mention of several points that can make the Disney character of Cinderella relevant in this day and age. One of them reads, and I quote.:
“Relevant Cinderella: Once upon a time, in spite of all the advertisements and messages that tried to convince a woman that she had to be perfect and look perfect and have a perfect life, she realized that it was all really daft, because nothing is perfect and that she was going to accept imperfection in herself and in the people around her and make it work.”
A tall, beautiful and intelligent young lady named Cinderella Faye “Cindy” Obeñita – who also happens to be the reigning Miss Cagayan de Oro – is one fine example of someone who has no trouble accepting her flaws and transforming them into beneficial strengths. She is not your typical pageant aspirant who walks around in platform heels and well-styled OOTDs on a daily basis. She would comfortably wear her prescription eyeglasses while attired in smart get-ups to make her work as Head of the Planning and Events Division of the Provincial Tourism Office in Misamis Oriental more productive.
Cindy graduated Magna cum Laude from the Liceo de Cagayan University with a degree in Mass Communication. She was a student-jounalist for 10 years where she honed her writing skills in news, sports, technical and feature articles. Aside from her present day job, she also functions as an event/pageant host, print and ramp model, brand endorser and an advocate of cervical cancer prevention.
This 2020, she will make the name “Cinderella” more relevant by signing up to become a Binibini and – hopefully – bring more pride to her hometown and home province of Carmen, Misamis Oriental. No fairy tales, just plain real talk.
I can’t wait to see you shine here in Manila, Cindy!