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Beauty queen tells body shamers: Respect, accept, and celebrate




ZARA Carbonell, who will represent the country at the Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 pageant in Indonesia on Sept. 9, has one message to body shamers: respect, accept and celebrate.

“Everybody is worth re­specting and celebrating. In­stead of putting our energy in putting other people down, we should focus on celebrat­ing every end of our body so that we can accept and respect everyone else,” says Zara during the press send-off for the international pageant in Makati City, Tuesday.

Joining Zara at the send-off party were her parents, her brother Wind, grandmother Zeny, relatives, and close friends.

Asked if her pageant come­back was in preparation for bigger national pageants, Zara says: “I haven’t thought that far. But I am not closing any doors as to any opportu­nities that wil come.”

The daughter of actor Cris Villanueva and former fashion model-turned-businesswom­an Zharine Marie Carbonell finished second runner-up at the Miss World Philip­pines 2017 pag­eant.

Zara fin­ished Orga­nizational Commu­nication at De La Salle Uni­versity.

Her career as a beauty queen started when she joined Bb. Colegio San Agustin-Makati where she won several awards and became one of the semifinalists. Then she won the titles Miss Teenager Universe-Philippines and World Miss University-Philippines.

Zara was chosen by national director Derek Balois Padrilan to be the country’s delegate to the in­augural international competition.