When you’re sure of who you are, nothing can break you down. Miss Universe Philippines 2023 #MichelleMarquezDee is a testament to this.
In any competition, people will always have their personal bets– which often leads to non-believers discrediting whoever wins. Case in point: directly after winning the Miss Universe Philippines title, photos of Michelle during her teenage years resurfaced on social media. This led to the public questioning her sexuality.
While no individual owes another an explanation about their sexual identity, Michelle Marquez Dee is here to put a stop to the rumors: she is bisexual and it’s none of anyone’s business.
By living out her truth on her terms, Michelle hopes that her bisexuality won’t overshadow her other advocacies such as autism awareness. After all, the beauty queen believes that being queer shouldn’t be the only thing that defines one’s entire character.
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Photographed by @iamdoc, written by Celine Trinidad, creative direction by @nicoolealmero, fashion direction by @iamkatrinacruz and @ryujishiomistu, beauty direction by @agoo_b assisted by @miacastrooo, makeup by @davequiambao_ assisted by @michaelscarag, hair by @nellyseboy, sittings editors @peeweeisidro @bamxbva and @jonespalteng, fashion assistants @bithia.online and @rayaanasco, shoot assistant @laurdsalen, special thanks to Joy Marcelo and JD Datiles of GMA Sparkle Management, Jonas Gaffud @jonasempire.ph, President and Creative Director of Miss Universe Philippines @themissuniverseph, Darick Cuevas @darricckk and Eljohn Mendoza @eljohnmendoza, and Mau de Leon @mau_s_deleon of Empire/Mercator Talent Agency @empireph.mercator, MEGA Magazine, June 2023.