Meet the Miss World Philippines 2018 candidates

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Models, students, and career women are part of this year's roster of ladies

MANILA, Philippines – Nowadays, being a beauty queen takes more than just sashaying gracefully in an evening gown, rocking a swimsuit and answering tough questions in 30 seconds. To be a queen means to realize that your beauty lies in embracing yourself completely – flaws and all – and serving as an inspiration to other people. That being said, it’s going to be a tall order for the 40 official candidates of the Miss World Philippines (MWP) Organization for the 2018 iteration of the pageant.

During the media presentation of the 40, their successful predecessors were in full support – Miss-Eco International 2017 Cynthia Thomalla and Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron. Also present were Arnold Vegafria, National Director of MWP and Bessie Besana, GM of MWP. This year’s candidates have huge heels to fill – three of the incumbent queens are reigning international titleholders.

Luckily for the MWP Organization, they have 40 amazing women to choose from.

For most of the girls, it’s never been a picture-perfect life – and theirs are stories they shared wholeheartedly. From humble beginnings, difficult childhoods and life struggles, they grew strength from within and blossomed into these empowered, confident women.

Here are their stories:

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