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Filipino-Chinese Olivia Quido-Co, CEO and Founder of O Skin Med Spa, said that she fully supports the decision of the Miss Universe Organization to allow mothers and wives to compete in the most prestigious beauty pageant.
Olivia made her reaction during the Olivia Quido-Co Beauty Day held at a hotel in Mandaluyong City last Saturday.
During the Q&A portion of the program, Olivia said she doesn’t find anything wrong if the Miss Universe Organization will change its rule and accepting candidates with kids or even married. "Okay lang yung sa akin kasi we’re giving opportunity to everyone from 21 to 28 na kahit na nagkaroon na sila ng anak, puwede na silang sumali. There’s equal opportunity para sa lahat, pantay-pantay. Okay ako doon,” said Olivia.
Asked if she would join the prestigious competition, Olivia laughed and said: “Yes! I will join Miss Universe!”
A report by the New York Post said that the new rule will take effect in 2023.
Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza told Insider that the rule change was long overdue, according to the same report.
“I honestly love that this is happening. Just like society changes and women are now occupying leadership positions where in the past only men could, it was about time pageants changed and opened up to women with families.
“There are a lot of women that got married young or had kids in their early 20s, and they always wanted to participate in Miss Universe but couldn’t because of the rules. Now those women can start or boost their careers in entertainment because of these changes,” the Mexican beauty queen added.
Meza has a message to those who do not accept the new policy.
“A few people are against these changes because they always wanted to see a single, beautiful woman who is available for a relationship.
“They always wanted to see a woman that from the outside looks so perfect that she’s almost unreachable. The former is sexist and the latter is unrealistic.
“Just like in any other industry, women are capable of having demanding leadership positions without or with a family, it is no different in this case,” said Meza, in a report by the New York Post.
For two years now, Olivia’s O Skin Med Spa in Los Angeles, California has been taped to take care of the skin of the beauty queens competing in Miss Universe. “It’s truly an honor to be the skin care partner of the Miss Universe beauty pageant.”
This California-licensed esthetician recalled that her partnership with Miss Universe began in 2019 when she helped the pageant’s swimsuit competition and shared skin care tips for the candidates.
On rumors that the 2022 Miss Universe will be staged in Vietnam, Olivia said: “I still have no idea where the next edition will be held. But I will support them.”
Olivia, who arrived in Manila with her family, said she hasn’t Celeste Cortesi, the current Miss Universe Philippines.
Olivia has devoted 18 years to making women feel and look beautiful. Armed with a deeply-rooted passion for skin aesthetics and nurturing instincts, her holistic approach to beauty and life, in general, has brought her success as a top-rated esthetician, entrepreneur, women’s advocate and Christian philanthropist.
In 2009, Olivia signed with ABS-CBN International and The Filipino Channel (TFC) to star in her own TV beauty segment. Her show entitled, “Beauty by O,” is running in its 13th year and is rating fairly well.
By: Robert Requintina, August 14, 2022
Source: Manilla Bulletin