MJ Lastimosa on "Tapatan Ni Tunying". Photo: Handout
MANILA – Unlike most beauty queens, Miss Universe-Philippines 2014 Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa is vocal about undergoing body enhancements.
In an interview on the ABS-CBN show “Tapatan Ni Tunying” aired Thursday, Lastimosa said she underwent “major, major” enhancements to improve her teeth and skin.
“Well, I have some enhancements,” she said casually. “For me kasi, enhancement is about improving yourself.”
“[If it means] You can reach that point na you feel confident about yourself, it’s okay, kung hindi naman bad ‘yung effect sa ’yo,” she added.
Lastimosa shared that what she went through was painful, but was quick to add that she needed it as a beauty queen.
“Talagang major, major talaga ‘yung mga laser and all that kasi sobrang kailangan talaga,” she said. “Ang daming pain… talagang tiis-ganda ang pagiging beauty queen.”
“Sabi nga nila ‘pag mahal mo ‘yung ginagawa mo, ‘pag thankful ka sa opportunity na binigay sa’yo, walang mahirap eh,” she added. “Nage-enjoy ako kasi ginusto ko nga ‘to, matagal kong hinintay ‘yung pagkakataon na ito. Parang ‘di ko makuhang magreklamo.”
It took Lastimosa three attempts before finally getting the coveted Miss Universe-Philippines crown. She first joined in 2011 and finished second runner-up. She made it to the Top 12 the following year.
“Ako lang ‘yung lumaban ng hanggang pangatlong beses para lang maipanalo ito. Hindi ako basta-basta bumibigay sa failure. So I think etong characteristic na ito, makakatulong sa akin sa Miss Universe pageant,” she said.
Filipinos have high expectations from Lastimosa following the Philippines’ consecutive Top 5 finishes in Miss Universe since 2010 (Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida).
The country also produced a number of beauty titlists in 2013 – Bea Rose Santiago won Miss International, Megan Young won Miss World, and Mutya Datul won Miss Supranational.
Lastimosa said that just like in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant, she will work extra hard to make the Philippines proud in this year’s Miss Universe.
“I will work hard, I will train hard and I will do my best para kahit anong resulta ang ibigay ni Lord sa coronation night ay mapasaya ko pa rin ang buong Pilipinas,” she promised.