Last month, Cosmopolitan Philippines put the spotlight on eight fun, fearless, and forward Filipinas through our Women Of Influence Awards. On it's third year, we chose to honor women have made their mark in their respective careers and platforms through this campaign, which was why it was launched on March 8 (International Women's Day).
As a content creator and public speaker, Mela Habijan uses her platform to speak up on behalf of causes important to her, like the issues transwomen in the Philippines have to face daily. Being crowned Miss Trans Global in 2020 meant she was given a bigger opportunity to raise her voice and be heard when it comes to LGBTQIA+ welfare.
In this insightful Cosmo Confessions episode, Mela opened up about her love life, onscreen LGBTQIA+ representation, and what she'd want her beauty pageant final question to be ("Why is a transwoman worthy of a crown?"). You *need* to see Mela's titleholder-worthy answer!