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Shamcey Supsup On Being A Beauty Queen: "There's A Lot We Want To Do, Not Just To Be Beautiful"

We caught up with the Miss Universe 2011 runner-up when a global women's brand launched her as their spokesperson. Read her take on fashion, beauty, and what she really wants to do.

As proud Filipinas, we're always happy to see our countrywomen stand up and make a difference in society in their own way. In recent months, the world has seen one woman step up and represent Pinays in a positive light: Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup.

One company immediately saw Shamcey's potential to represent not just the country, but a 125-year-old global brand dedicated to women. Avon recently introduced Shamcey as their newest spokesperson at the Salon de Ning in Manila Peninsula, and we were there to witness the milestone.

Shamcey told us that the brand is very close to her heart (her tita was an Avon lady in their hometown!). She's particularly supportive of the company's fight against breast cancer, and she joined Avon's "Race to 125,000 Kisses" marathon alongside celebs like Rhian Ramos and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

Besides her philanthropic work, Shamcey is also known for her Filipina beauty, svelte figure, and intelligence (she graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines and topped the 2010 Architect Licensure Examination). We had a chance to talk to her at her Avon launch about everything from her low maintenance skin care routine and height insecurity, to the qualities she values in men and what she really hopes to do. Get to know Shamcey in the interview below.

Describe your daily skin care regimen.

In the morning, I wash my face lang with clear soap, then I put on primer, and then makeup na. Then at night, I have to take talaga the makeup off completely, everything, especially sa eyes--'yung eye makeup ko medyo heavy. And then just clear soap. I don't put on much, e. Siguro 'pag dry I put on moisturizer and then kapag I know na that day I would be out in the sun, I'll put on sunblock.

As a beauty queen, you have such a busy schedule. What tips can you share with us for busting stress?

I'm a person who values sleep. Para sa 'kin, kailangang makatulog ka talaga para pag-gising mo sa umaga, fresh. Aside from that, I think of happy thoughts. (Laughs.) When you're stressed, don't focus on the negative side. Think about the things na maganda sa araw na 'yun, huwag kang mag-focus sa mga mali. Kasi once you focus on that, you're gonna get stressed talaga. And when you think about it, especially if you see other people na mas grabe pa 'yung problema, parang you feel na "Ay, I shouldn't be stressing over this, it's just a simple thing." You just have to breathe and think about it.

How do you stay in shape?

Ako kasi, payatin ako talaga. When I joined Bb. Pilipinas, I was really, really thin, and they wanted me to be fuller and toned. So I had this heavy protein diet of meat and milk, sometimes protein shakes, and then eggs. Tapos I go to the gym three times a week and it's more of body building 'cause I have to carry weights. Kailangan mabigat 'yung weights para maging firm 'yung muscles. Wala akong cardio [but] I do pilates for core exercises.

What was your biggest insecurity and how did your overcome it?

Before, I was really insecure about my height kasi I was so tall--I'm 5'8". Parang I felt it's abnormal for a girl to be this tall, especially in school: I was the tallest lagi in class, tapos when you fall in line lagi kang nasa last, in seats lagi kang nasa likod... Dati nakukuba ako kasi gusto kong maging level lang ng friends ko. Sabi ko nga before, if I had to change something [about myself] gusto kong magpaliit, kahit 5'4" or 5'6". But now, I realized ang dami palang gustong maging matangkad. Doon sa Ms. Universe nga, I felt so small kasi everyone was so tall. So 'yun, I'm proud na ngayon of my height. Dati I don't like wearing heels kasi it makes me taller pa, but now mas komportable na ako.

Describe your personal style.

I'm more of a jeans person. Mahilig akong mag-jeans [and] sneakers. I'd rather wear flats [than heels]; there are a lot of beautiful flats naman that you could wear and are fashionable. But now, I'm starting to like simple, everyday dresses, Sunday dresses, kasi [they're] comfortable and you can wear them anywhere.

What traits do you look for in a man?

I'm more drawn to mature men, especially those who have a sense of responsibility. I'm looking for someone I'm gonna spend the rest of my life with. I really [look at] how he treats his family--I want that person to be family-oriented kasi in the future you [might] be one family. So, however he treats his family, you know that's how he will treat you in the future.

What's the biggest misconception about beauty queens that you'd like to to correct?

That we have no other things to do but to make ourselves beautiful everyday, pero it's not true. Before siguro, I was hesitant nga about beauty pageants, but when you're there, it's not easy. I mean, it's one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. And, it's a total package--it's not just how you look, it's [also about] how you think, how you talk, how you treat people. I've [gained] a lot of respect for beauty pageant candidates. The pressure is really hard. A lot of people judge you, and I wanna change that. Hindi naman kami ganun lang, we have bigger things [to offer], we have a lot of things that we want to do, [not just] being beautiful.

Speaking of bigger things, where do you see yourself five years from now?

I don't see myself in showbiz, but more on [supporting] causes. Like here with Avon, they have this breast cancer crusade. What I've achieved has paved a way [and given] me that responsibility to give back. Para sa akin naman, I can always be an architect, I can always succeed in that field, but since I was given this opportunity I wanna use it the best way that I can. I think I'm gonna be doing [projects] like green architecture [and] helping the environment through structures and education. Sabi ko nga, 'yun 'yung gusto kong campaign talaga: to provide education.

What lesson have you learned from your pageant experience that you'd like to share with Cosmo readers?

You can't achieve anything without hard work. You have to find something that you really, really like and enjoy; that's your passion kasi. If you love something--even if it's gonna be hard to achieve it--if you have the heart, everything is possible. Hindi ko nga na-imagine 'to pero kapag nagpursige ka...tama nga 'yun, e: "'Pag may tiyaga, may nilaga." So 'pag pinagtrabahuhan mo talaga, lahat naman kaya mong abutin.

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