Let’s all admit it: Filipinos are obsessed with beauty pageants. Miss Universe, Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Earth, you name it, our eyes are all glued to the screen when they are live.
Even amid the pandemic, the pageant industry isn’t stopping, and Filipino fans are continuing to watch and support candidates on the international stage. This is why it was a proud moment for many when the country’s representative to the Miss Eco International pageant, Kelley Day, was crowned the first runner up on April 4!
But did you know that Kelley had stepping stones first before entering beauty pageants? She tried different careers before becoming a beauty queen, and she’s been successful in all those fields as well!
When she was just six years old, British-Filipino Kelley started taking commercial modeling gigs in Dubai where she grew up. When she realized she loved modeling, Kelley made the decision to move to the Philippines to start a career. At a young age, she’d done commercials for big brands that were aired on the biggest networks in the country.
The commercials encouraged young Kelley to take it up a notch, as she joined showbiz after a few years. Kelley began as a member of the ‘It’s Showtime!’ girl group, GirlTrends, which was introduced to the show in 2016.
She also appeared on various teleseryes in the Kapamilya and Kapuso networks, playing the lead character’s best friend, the antagonist, or the second lead. Her latest project, Dahil sa Pag-ibig, in which she co-starred with Pancho Magno and Sanya Lopez, ended in 2019. (Read: How Beauty Pageants Inspire Us to Handle Defeat Graciously)
Her Pageant Journey
Right after Dahil sa Pag-ibig concluded, Kelley joined the Miss World Philippines pageant, where she won the Miss Eco Philippines 2019 title. And now, she’s the first runner-up for Miss Eco International!
With her recent win, Kelley would like to spread awareness on alopecia— an autoimmune disease where an individual experiences hair loss in small patches, which can become noticeable when the patches connect.
Kelley says she herself is experiencing alopecia, and wants to make her reign purposeful by spreading awareness about the disease and proper information about it. (Read: 28yo Cebuano Priest Shares Healing Journey From a Rare Disease)
“I want everyone to feel encouraged to be open about who they are. I want to see that no one’s perfect,” she said in an interview.