KM: Well that sounds like the BTS Meal. Are you a fan?
HA: Yes, yes, that’s the one. I hope it will stay for a lot longer.
KM: Yeah me too, I love the sauces, they’re really good.
HA: Yeah, they’re so good.
KM: Alright, how about hair and skin care, Hannah? How do you take care of your skin? I’m sure people look at you and they say, “Ah, she has naturally good skin.” But I think — I’ve met a lot of beauty queens, the 2013 batch for example, when I was very active.
So that was Megan [Young], Bea Rose Santiago, the ones who won their titles also, so I know there’s a lot of work that goes into it. It’s not magic, it’s a lot of care. So how do you take care of your skin?
HA: Yes, so like you said, I haven’t always had this clear, glowing skin. When I was growing up, as a teenager, I really had bad acne, there was a lot of scarring here, and it was because I used to do ballet, and I wasn’t taking care of my skin. All the sweat and everything, I really wasn’t washing my face properly.
But now, I really make sure that after my interviews or commitments are done, I will remove the makeup. There’s micellar water, something not too harsh on your skin. And you have to make sure you know what your skin type is.
So mine is combination [skin], it can be dry and oily, so I just make sure I’m getting the correct products, and I am still figuring out which ones those are, but so far, it’s going well.
And just making sure I get 8 hours of sleep every night, and drinking lots of water throughout the day. That’s really the best way to help your skin and your hair.
KM: Okay, got it. Thank you for that. Very easy to follow tips. Thank you, Hannah.
Of course, the last aspect — we’ve talked about physical health, but I think one of the most important aspects of health that a beauty queen should be able to manage is her mental health. I cannot imagine the way you are subjected to being judged, objectified, it’s a beauty pageant.
We put more substance — our personality really helps us stand out, but at the end of the day, there’s a lot of pressure. You’re being compared to the other candidates. So in the last Binibining Pilipinas, you were being compared to 33 other beautiful women.
So tell us about how you take care of your mental health, Hannah. And when the pressure is on, what kept you centered?
HA: Yes, so like you said, there were other candidates that we were competing against, but one of the great things about pageantry is when you become friends with the other girls, you realize how much you have in common. So going through a beauty pageant, through the pandemic, was so hard on all of us. And we actually had group chats, we would message each other, check up on each other, see how we were feeling.
And by me expressing exactly how I felt, there were days where I wanted to rant, or cry, or just different feelings. The fact that the other girls were there to listen, it really helped. That’s one of the best with the friendships there is you really understand what we’re going through.
Of course, my family and other friends were there to listen, but being able to talk to the other candidates truly helped with my mental health. Especially in that last rehearsal week, just before coronation, we were in the hotel together, and you could feel the stress, the anxiety, and nerves throughout the hotel.
So really being able to just sit down, and chat with each other, shake it off, and have fun, that really helped.
KM: Okay, so the community, and the support system, right?
KM: Okay, well thank you so much for spending time with us, on this rainy Wednesday afternoon, Hannah. Before we end the interview, what is your message please, to the viewers of Hello Doctor PH? Aside from your advocacy, how else can they support you in your journey to be our next Miss International?
HA: Yes, so thank you to everyone that is watching. Thank you for watching HelloDoctor PH. I’m sure you’re always getting a lot of tips and tricks from watching this show.
Definitely, if you would like to follow my journey towards our 7th crown for the Philippines, please do follow me on social media at Hannah Constantino Arnold on Facebook, or arnoldhannah_ on Instagram.
And the way that you can support me is simply just pray for me and the other girls that will be raising our flag on the international stage.
And please stay safe. I’m sure I’ll see you all online, or hopefully, in person very soon.
KM: Okay. Alright, Hannah, thank you so much.
So that’s our Binibining Pilipinas International 2021, Miss Hannah Arnold. Stay tuned for the other Binibining Pilipinas queens in this series of interviews. Until then, this is Kai Magsanoc of Hello Doctor PH. Happy Wednesday and be well!
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