Philippine Bet Nicole Borromeo is serving looks in her official photo for this year’s Miss International competition.
The organization released her official photo on Monday, Sept. 18, along with her profile to introduce herself.
“Despite my lack of experience, I wholeheartedly embraced the role of Carcar City's lead dancer for the Sinulog Festival. This path ultimately led me to be crowned the Sinulog Festival Queen of 2019, an achievement that forever reshaped my view of Filipino tradition,” the profile read.
Nicole donned an effortless makeup glow by Mila Gulfan with a brushed-out hairstyle by Kurt Andrei. Her outfit was styled by Charles Balmacedo, Justine Guerrero, and Mikee Andrei of Aces and Queens. The headshot was photographed by Raymond Saldaña.
The 22-year-old model and host went on to share how she was able to thrive at that moment despite the challenges and pressure.
“My commitment to mastering graceful movements, amidst the relentless demands of both physical and academic pursuits, took me to my breaking point,” she wrote.
Recalling the moment, the beauty queen shared that wearing an 11-kilogram ensemble while dancing during the “arduous 8-hour procession” had “tested [her] endurance to the fullest.”
“This triumph epitomized devotion, showcasing the profound connection between people, culture, and faith—a connection I carry with me to the Miss International pageant, infused with the same passion, commitment, and purpose,” she concluded.
Nicole hopes to bring the country’s seventh Miss International crown. The competition will be held on Oct. 26 at Yoyogi Gymnasium No. 2 in Tokyo, Japan. Unlike in previous years, this year’s edition will no longer have the swimsuit parade segment on the coronation night.
“There will be no more SWIMSUIT PARADE during the final gala of #MissInternational2023. Swimsuit evaluation will only be done during the closed-door preliminary evaluation,” they wrote in an announcement in July.
“This year's Miss International winner will be evaluated based on their attitude, punctuality, beauty of face, body proportion, intelligence and their social contribution! Preliminary judging will strictly be for body proportion and skin quality only! Skin color is irrelevant,” they wrote in a separate post.