Transformation in photos: Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Photo #1 (above): Graduation photo from the UP College of Architecture ten years ago today;
Photo #2: Shamcey’s crowning as Miss Universe Philippines 2011 by Venus Raj
Photo #3: Victorious photo when she placed 3rd Runner-Up during the Miss Universe 2011 finals;
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 19: Shamcey Supsup, Miss Philippines 2011, arrives at the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Photo #4: Getty Images photo upon arrival in Las Vegas as online host for Miss Universe 2011;
Photo #5: As National Director of Miss Universe Philippines
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 12: Leila Lopes, from Angola, receives the crown of Miss Universe 2011 from the former Queen Ximena Navarrete at Credicard Hall on September 12, 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Bia Schmidt/LatinContent /Getty Images)
Miss Universe 2011 Top 5 that included our very own Shamcey Supsup (2nd from left) who finished 3rd Runner-Up to Leila Lopes (Photo by Bia Schmidt/LatinContent via Getty Images)
Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images
It only took seven years before the pageant would return to South America. And Miss Universe celebrated its 60th Anniversary in São Paulo, the most populous city in Brazil and the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world. Mere mention of the host country’s name bring the music of Samba and the world-famous Carnival in my head. And what a time for Angola to win its very first crown and for the Philippines to capture its second consecutive Top 5 placement via Shamcey Supsup in the pageant’s modern history. I also thought that we would finally get our first of two potential (and elusive
) 2nd Runner-Up spots during this edition. Oh well.
A native of Benguela, Leila had to pass through and top the Miss Angola UK finals before earning the ticket to compete for Miss Angola 2010 which she won. From there, she prepared for the big competition in Brazil. Even if she spoke fluent Portuguese (that would bring her closer to the locals in São Paulo), it was never a problem to communicate in English. After all, she studied Business Management at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich.
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Some controversy surrounded Leila after being crowned Miss Universe 2011 courtesy of allegations that she submitted false documents during Miss Angola UK and that she shouldn’t have qualified to compete in the contest for reasons that she was living in Angola all her life. With the help of the MUO, she was able to prove the detractors wrong. She did reside in the UK for four years.
Less than a year after her reign, Leila got engaged to New York Giants player Osi Umenyiora. But it was only in 2015 when the two of them got married. She has one son, Lucas, who was born last 2018.
Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes and husband Osi Umenyiora attend the Royal Television Society Programme Awards at Grosvenor House on March 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Leila and son Lucas
Left to right: Shamcey, Baby Nyke and Lloyd Lee (Photo shared by Jonas Gaffud)
Now consider this a throwback-and-update combination on Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup with the happy family photo above (shared by Jonas Gaffud) of Lloyd, Shamcey and Baby Nyke as jumping board for this feature.
Let’s start with Shamcey’s quick Q&A video for Miss Universe 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil where she answered three simple questions.
courtesy of Miss Universe
We all know that Shamcey moved on progressively from the Miss Universe 2011 placement and went back to the Philippines where she started a TV hosting career, while still doing her professional consultancy as an Architect and accepting continuous invites to speak and inspire other women into pursuing their dreams and ambitions.
When she finally got married to Lloyd Lee last December 29, 2013, the union also led to the opening of a restaurant (“Pedro n Coi”) that became a hit to mall shoppers with the positive word-of-mouth spreading to the whole metro. It has now spawned into a smaller “Tambayan ni Pedro” food kiosk inside SM North Edsa.
Shamcey behind the counter of “Tambayan ni Pedro” at SM North EDSA
And then she got pregnant and delivered her firstborn – Baby Nyke – who is now the pride and joy of the loving couple. From living in a condominium, they have now moved to a big house which was visited by celebrity Kris Aquino during one of her past episodes of Kris TV. Watch now.
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
Mommy Shamcey and Baby Nyke visiting the dentist
Shamcey is now a picture of bliss – as wife, mother, TV personality and entrepreneur. She continues to be a role model for young women around the country. And I can only see her getting better and happier in the years to come. Perhaps with a second child in a year or two? 🙂
All of us are aware of her story right from the time she was plucked out of UP Diliman after graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in Architecture up to that fateful year in Bb. Pilipinas 2011 when she was crowned the country’s representative to the Sao Paolo-hosted Miss Universe where she placed in the Top 5 and was named 3rd Runner-Up to Leila Lopes.
But how much do you really know about the life of Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup-Lee before she became a Beauty Queen, TV host and now, a successful restaurant owner with her husband Lloyd Lee?
Well, let’s allow Shamcey to do all the talking in this 15-minute video I stumbled upon on YouTube. It was taken last year when she was invited as one of the inspirational guest speakers for Accenture Philippines’ “Many Facets of Being a Woman” series where she detailed about her life before the pageant and how dreams can be transformed into reality. Watch now.
courtesy of Accenture Careers
courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas (Official)
From the mail, I just received a message alert from YouTube. Interesting that the online channel of Bb. Pilipinas Official uploaded a 2 minute 38 seconds long video piecing together the swimsuit and evening gown presentations of Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida in their respective Miss Universe participations. Most of you might have already seen a similar clip comparing the three, but this one should give us a clearer segue of the three ladies. Or it could also be a way of preparing local pageant fans on how Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa could be trained. Will her style be a combination of all three? 😉
Cidada de Fortaleza, Brazil
And so it came to pass that Brazil – as earlier buzzed – will host Miss Universe 2014 in early October.
But where exactly is this place they call Fortaleza? We all know Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Let it be known that it is a beach city (the 5th largest in the South American country) which makes hosting this year’s edition of Miss Universe more exciting.
I bet the ladies who will join Bb. Pilipinas 2014 are now giddy upon knowing the host city. Who won’t be? Your blogger is just as thrilled.
Okay, will the Portuguese-speaking applicants please stand up? 😉
At the reception (left to right): Miss Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim, Jonas Gaffud and Miss Korea Universe 2011 Sora Chong
I had to blog this photo because it is heartwarming to see Shamcey Supsup-Lee’s closest friends from Miss Universe 2011 coming over for her wedding – Miss Korea Universe 2011 Sora Chong and Miss Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim.
Back in Sao Paulo, Sora was Shamcey’s roommate. They shared almost a month of friendship and non-stop bonding that has delightfully extended beyond the competition and up to now that she has become a must-attendee in her pal’s grand wedding.
Valerie, on the other hand, became Shamcey’s other very close Asian competitor in the said edition of the pageant. In fact, she was also present during the engagement party last year.
This is valid proof that pageant friendships do last. 🙂
Mrs. Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Lovely bride Shamcey!
Shots from the wedding
Familiar faces among the guests
It’s now official! Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up has already tied the knot with dashing Lloyd T. Lee. She was the picture of blissful radiance wearing a heavenly Cherry Veric creation (hair and make-up by Albert Kurniawan) as she walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams. It was reported that tears started to flow when the two exchanged their vows, but moreso when they gave a touching tribute to their parents.
From this blogger, my warmest congratulations to the newly-married couple. May you have the good life and may your children grow up to be the best that you want them to be. 🙂
So many beautiful guests. Can you name all of them?
Photo grid credit: Queenie Rehman
No diet for now: the sumptuous food served during the Lee-Supsup Nuptials at the Grand Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-la Hotel (Photo credit: Gerry Diaz)
On the afternoon of December 29, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup will walk down the aisle to marry Lloyd T. Lee, the man she will spend the rest of her life with.
The Holy Matrimony will take place at the Church of the Risen Lord (inside U.P. Diliman), with strictly-by-invitation reception following at the Isla Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.
I’m pretty sure the entourage will include some of our most beautiful beauty queens to make it the most celebrated Binibini wedding – not only of 2013 but in a long while.
Best wishes to the sweet couple!
Alyssa pours her heart out
Read Alyssa’s complete account HERE.
It took Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella more than two years to finally come out in the open and share her personal pains during Miss Universe 2011 and how she was able to propel herself back to some degree of normalcy in life thereafter.
It is true that advancements in social media have done us both good and bad. In the case of beauty pageants, gone were the days when the competition would start and end with everyone relying on just traditional news reports and scattered photographs of what is actually happening in the host city. Except for eyewitness stories of people who are actually in the same place, there was no way to directly bash candidates and put down their feelings with great impact.
Nowadays, anyone can post anything online, upload non-regulated videos, alter photographs to make a humorous – albeit hurtful – statement, and fire away loose cannons in message boards. And Alyssa’s dangerously anorexic built during her stay in Sao Paulo was something feasted upon in more destructive ways than one.
I sympathize with her, especially during accounts of almost always binging on food just to gain more weight (and fat) on her body and not seeing any kind of “improvement” in size. Some people might actually fault her for even complaining about not gaining weight despite taking in so much calories. But this one is such a unique problem that would be hard to understand unless you are the one on the hot seat experiencing the endless bombardment of negativity and foul comments.
But beyond the specifics of Alyssa’s concerns, what really did her in and practically spoiled her entire stay in Sao Paulo was the constant pressures from other people (both live and online) pushing her to the edge of misery and downheartedness. There will always be those (both open and/or hiding behind a poster name) who find extreme satisfaction in dealing others an un-healthy dose of unhappiness. And at the rate our technology is advancing, there’s no guessing how much more sophisticated they can get in the near future.
My hope is that we extend some reasonable degree of understanding as to what these pageant ladies actually undergo in their attempts of winning a crown. Criticisms will always be welcome, but constant bashing and bullying should be self-regulated.