Kylie Verzosa

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Kylie Verzosa
Kylie Verzosa's Victory Parade.jpg
Born Kylie Fausto Verzosa
(1992-02-07) February 7, 1992 (age 26)
Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
Alma mater Ateneo de Manila University
Title Binibining Pilipinas International 2016
Miss International 2016
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Major
competition(s)
Binibining Pilipinas 2015
(Top 15)
Binibining Pilipinas 2016
(Winner - Binibining Pilipinas International 2016)
Miss International 2016
(Winner)

Kylie Fausto Verzosa (born February 7, 1992) is a Filipino model, actress and beauty queen who was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 and Miss International 2016. She is the 6th Filipino to win the crown of Miss International. Through her determination for the organisation and her advocacy, her reign as the winner has been very productive and was labeled as the most travelled Miss International.

Early life[edit]

Verzosa was born in Baguio City, Philippines. She graduated high school from Saint Louis University, Baguio City and she graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor's degree in Business Management and worked as a pre-school teacher at one point. She is an advocate of mental health, depression, and suicide awareness. Verzosa volunteered for the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, which aims to educate people about depression and suicide. She later on created Mental Health Matters, an online support group which aims to give emotional support to people who are experiencing depression, anxiety disorder, and other forms of mental illnesses.[2] She was also a member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines. She has done ramp and print modeling.[3]

Pageantry[edit]

Binibining Pilipinas[edit]

Verzosa first participated at the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 where she received 12th place. She joined Binibining Pilipinas once again and was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 on April 17, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines. With this, she represented the Philippines at the Miss International 2016 pageant in Tokyo, Japan.[3]

Miss International 2016[edit]

Verzosa represented the Philippines at Miss International 2016 in Japan where she was eventually crowned as Miss International 2016 by Edymar Martínez of Venezuela.[4] She is the 6th Miss International Winner from the Philippines.[5][6][7]

During the speech portion of the pageant, the girls were given a chance to express their plans if crowned Miss International and share their personal advocacies. Verzosa's speech read:[8]

"Three things come to mind when I think of Miss International: culture, education, and international understanding. These three work together to make the brand of the Miss International beauty pageant relevant to the global community and to our time. If I become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding and international understanding because I believe that it is by developing in each of us sensitivity to other cultures that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference, and appreciate diversity. All this enables us to achieve international understanding. And I believe that I am prepared to take on this responsibility."

After the coronation, Verzosa and her court had some final things to do with the sponsors of the Miss International Organization such as Miss Paris' beauty school and Mikimoto pearl farm in Japan.[citation needed] Also, Miss International 2016 visited Toba International Hotel and Unicef where she met the National Directors of Unicef in Denmark and Japan.[citation needed] Verzosa and her court also visited the Org's sponsor, Ash Salon in Yokohama before flying to Ishigaki. During their trip to Ishigaki, they were able to meet the local weavers and claypot makers of the island and have a parade.[citation needed]

Several days after the Miss International Activities in Japan, Verzosa flew back to the Philippines wherein she had a media tour from all the biggest networks in the country and shared her experience in the competition and discussed her advocacy.[citation needed] On November 18, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated together with the People of the Philippines threw a grand homecoming parade in Metro Manila for the newly crowned Filipina.[citation needed] She was also given a festive welcome parade in her hometown in Baguio and visited some colleges and universities where she discussed her advocacy. On December 5, she had a courtesy call from the President of the Philippines and formally met President Rodrigo Duterte.

On January 3, Miss Paris' advertorial was displayed in Shibuya Station in Japan. That year, Kylie was named as one of the People of the Year by the People Asia Magazine and asked to speak at the Philippine Psychiatric Association. Kylie also became an ambassador for Samsung and was featured in some magazines such as Shape and StarStyle.[citation needed]

On February 8, Kylie flew to Singapore for her first international trip and Miss International duties to spread awareness on her advocacy.[citation needed] She visited Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital.[citation needed] In the same month, Kylie went to Maguindanao and Bacolod to host an event. Together with the reigning Miss Earth 2016, Katherine Espin of Ecuador, Kylie went to Ilocos Sur for some promotional activities of a resort.[citation needed] As a product of Baguio City, she was again invited for the Panagbenga Flower Festival 2017 and posed on the float of Tropicana.[citation needed] Versoza became the newest ambassador of Star Cruise Asia together with Male Top Model, LA Aguinaldo. She also posed in the cover of SM Shop Mag.[citation needed]

Kylie also announced on the first day of March that she is the newest face/endorser of one of the Philippine brand Bayo.[citation needed] In celebration of Bayo's 25 years in the industry, they collaborated with fashion designer Francis Libiran (also the designer of Kylie's gown in the Miss International competition and some events).[citation needed] On March 4, Kylie went back to Japan to continue some Miss International duties. She went to Kyoto, Tokyo and Tokushima. During her visit in Tokushima, Kylie was able to support its local produce fruits such as strawberries. She was also able to visit Tokushima Commercial Highschool which is known for their outreach and exchange program with Cambodia.[citation needed] The reigning queen was also featured in a local Japanese newspaper. Before flying back to the Philippines, Kylie had a tour at the Naruto River together with the head of MIO. During the same month, Kylie announced her participation in Philippines' Next Top Model as a Model Mentor. March was also the month in which she was featured on the cover of Style Weekend.

On April 5, Kylie became the newest endorser of Wilkins Delight together with Mateo Guidicelli for their new product.[citation needed] Kylie was invited on April 7 to speak about mental health for the United Nations by the World Health Organization.[citation needed] The next day, Kylie was also invited to speak in Miriam College for TEDxMirriamCollege. During the Holy Week vacation, Kylie travelled to Bruneito visit preschoolers in Bandar Seri Begawan.[citation needed] Kylie also received some endorsements / invitations such as for DrCRB Aesthetic and Laser Clinic.[citation needed] On the last day of the month Kylie crowned the newest Binibining Pilipinas International 2017.[citation needed]

In May, Kylie was invited to the Senate of the Philippines for the final reading of the Mental Health Bill in the Archipelago.[citation needed] She also went to the presscon for the passing of the Mental Health Bill. During the month, Kylie was featured in the cover of Fair and Mega magazines and promoted business such as Havaianas Philippines.[citation needed]

On November 14, 2017, she crowned her successor Kevin Lilliana from Indonesia as Miss International 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. She finished her reign at 1 year, 2 weeks, and 4 days.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Soon after the handover of the Miss International crown, Verzosa was photographed at the Philippine Fashion ball with Filipino-British businessman, Michael J. Needham.[9] Verzosa teased at a possible relationship with a 'half-foreigner, half-pinoy' during several TV appearances in late 2017, and later confirmed during Coachella Festival 2018 via her social media that the two were an item.[10] She also co-manages the Philippine operations of the Japanese-funded real estate start-up PropertyAccess.[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Film Production
2017 Ang Panday Diwata Star Cinema,
Viva Films,
CCM Film Productions
2018 Kasal Eunice Star Cinema
2018 Abay Babes Perla Viva Films

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Venezuela Edymar Martínez
Miss International
2016
Succeeded by
Indonesia Kevin Lilliana
Preceded by
Janicel Lubina
Binibining Pilipinas International
2016
Succeeded by
Mariel de Leon