Michelle Marquez Dee, 24, of Makati City is one of the 40 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2019. The actor, model and television host belongs to a family known for beauty pageants and for her, being such is both a blessing and a curse.
“It does have its own pros and cons,” Dee said during the press presentation at Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila on August 29, 2019. “But honestly, we are in a room full of beautiful and talented people. We have nurses, we have lawyers and we all go through the same type of training.”
“We all go through different steps for the journey to be Miss World or to have one of the other crowns and yes, it’s kind of hard because you’re put under the spotlight and you have certain expectations that are put in your head not only being an artista (celebrity) but my family members, as well, they are very good and very well-known in the pageant industry and that adds an extreme amount of pressure in my head,” Dee explained. “Actually, it’s one of those reasons why I’ve hesitant to join because I feel like, well, prior to this, I felt like I wasn’t good enough.”
Dee is the daughter of Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez and actor Derek Dee. Michelle is also the cousin of actor and Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 Teresita “Winwyn” Marquez.
“But what the pageantry has taught me is that besides being an artista (celebrity) and besides all of these expectations, it’s really, like one of the other girls mentioned, it’s really about the journey,” Michelle explained. “It’s really about what you can take from everything so although being an artista (celebrity) has its slight advantage with publicity and all of that, I really believe na pantay lang po ang laban dito (that the game here is fair).”
On September 15, 2019, Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez will crown her successor at the Miss World Philippines 2019 coronation night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. It will air live on GMA network.
Aside from the Miss World Philippines 2019 title, five other crowns will be given namely Miss Eco Philippines 2019, Miss Multinational Philippines 2019, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2019, Miss Tourism Philippines 2019 and Miss Teen Eco International Philippines 2019.
Here is Michelle during the Miss World Philippines 2019 press presentation: