MANILA – Former beauty queen Mariel de Leon recently joined New York Fashion Week (NYFW) as one of the models of Skims, the shapewear brand of Kim Kardashian.
De Leon, who is currently based in New York, took to Instagram on Thursday to share photos from her first NYFW experience.
One of the photos showed her right behind Kardashian as she posed in a black bodysuit.
“I still can’t get over the fact that I walked for Skims and Kim Kardashian for my first fashion show in NYC! It’s so surreal to think that out of more than 1,000 girls, I was one of the girls chosen to be part of the show,” De Leon said.
She went on: “In the past few years, I went through a lot of online bullying and body shaming... But I’m glad that what was perceived as something negative about me to many people was the very thing that got me here.”
De Leon, known to many as the daughter of screen veterans Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong, is currently under the New York-based agency True Model Management.
She was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International back in 2017.