“Gusto Kong Maging Beauty Queen (GKMBQ)” is changing the way how a beauty queen is thought to be. Airing Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Studio 23, this unique reality game show is looking to be one of the city’s most entertaining beauty queen competitions in recent years.

“GKMBQ is a vehicle of women empowerment. The show will enable finalists to find out about their full potential and improve themselves using the tools that are given in the show’s workshops and challenges,” says Charo Soriano of Samsara Entertainment Productions, Inc., show producer.

: Air Paz
 Alora Sasam

An inspirational reality search, beauty makeover, and beauty pageant all rolled into one GKMBQ aims to find that one extraordinary-looking Filipina who embodies traits worthy of being crowned a ‘beauty queen’. The show is hosted by Angel Jacob. Resident judge and mentor are Ms. World 2011 1st Princess Gwendolyn Ruais, and A-list producer Mike Carandang of America’s Next Top Model.

Marlene-Velasco Depi
 Darlene Pearl Anderson

Eleven finalists have been chosen to compete: Air Paz, Japo Parcero, Pam Velasco, Gillien Camino, Racquel Ramachandra Raja Gopal, Darlene Pearl Anderson, Alora Sasam, Marlene-Velasco Depi, Karen Navarro, Shierleen Humphries, and Kat Taylor.

Gillien Camino
 Japo Parcero

Karen Navarro
 Kat Taylor
Pam Velasco

This year’s batch was chosen via go-sees, online applications and provincial audition. Their ages range from 19 to 33 and have very colorful backgrounds. “One candidate is lesbian; one has psoriasis. Another has alopecia. We also have a performer, a battered wife, a rocker, and a former wild child. As viewers watch the episodes, we want them to relate and learn from the experiences of the finalists,” reveals Charo, who is also officer-in-charge of Beverly Hills 6750, Asia’s premier multi-aesthetics institute, the show’s presenter.

Finalists will go thru various positive transformations on Physical Appearance, Personality Development, Image Enhancement, Career Development, and Goal Setting.

GKMBQ does not conform to the stereotypical appearance of a person but basically sympathizes with the person’s perception of her complete persona, adds Charo. “We recognize that beauty already exist in each on of us; we just need to draw it out. At the same time, we want to be able to convey that there’s more to beauty queens that what is normally portrayed in pageants.”

 Racquel Ramachandra Raja Gopal
Shierleen Humphries

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