Even before she was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas International 2017, Mariel de Leon was already known for being a passionate woman.
Perhaps, it’s because of her talented genes—she is, after all, the daughter of equally passionate silver screen legends Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong. Or maybe, it’s her experience—she was independent at a very young age, studying at North Shore International Academy in New Zealand. Nature or nurture, whatever it may be, one thing’s for sure, the 25-year-old actress and singer knows what she wants, and she doesn’t stop until she gets it.
The internet knows this, with netizens as witnesses to her journey towards becoming a beauty queen. In 2013, she placed in the Binibining Pilipinas Top 15. In 2017, she finally won a title—Binibining Pilipinas International, crowned by the reigning Miss International 2016 herself, Kylie Verzosa.
The pressure to win an international title was on. And in between that was the bashing that she got just because she didn’t fit netizens’ absurd standards of what a beauty queen should be—slim and mahinhin.
But despite that, Mariel gave it her all. She still made the country proud. And even if she was criticized for speaking out, she continued being outspoken. She’s fierce, she’s fine, and we’re claiming it—she’s one of the most captivating beauty queens the PH has ever had.
Below, we've compiled our FHM Muse's fiercest and finest Instagram moments—because really, nothing is more attractive than a strong, independent woman.
That time she totally owned the hashtags #ConfidentlyCurvy #LoveYourselfQueen
“Embrace your curves” = WORD
Her outreach for our brothers and sisters affected by the Marawi war is definitely one for the books
Also, you should hear her sing:
Of course, her hottest IG moment, in our humble opinion, is her FHM Muse stint