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Rabiya Mateo apologizes to Ms. Thailand and Ms. Canada over mean comments

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo shared that she personally apologized to her fellow Miss Universe candidates, Miss Universe Canada Nova Stevens and Miss Universe Thailand Amanda Obdam over the mean comments from some of the Filipino fans.

In a virtual press conference, Rabiya addressed the ‘bashing’ on her co-candidates. Rabiya also shared that she personally sent an apology to Nova and Amanda.

“I really feel sorry to her, cause nobody deserves to be in that position. I’ve been bashed, you know. And there was a moment in which a lot of people would tell me, ‘That’s normal, you’re a beauty queen.’ But I’ve seen how… it affected not just me but also other candidates. We have a WhatsApp group and we would talk about it. Even Miss Chile would be very much open about the frustration that she’s getting from reading her social media.” Rabiya shared.

“I actually personally sent messages to Amanda, to Nova saying sorry because these hate speeches that we see online, this is not a reflection of who we are as Filipinos. I can say that we do love pageants, and we support girls. And with Miss Universe, the goal is to celebrate the differences and to be with the girls and the cause that they stand for.” Rabiya added.

Rabiya also shared that she and the organization were planning to make a video as an appeal to stop bashing.

“Me and the organization is planning to make a video to make an appeal to the public to stop being rude, because it cost nothing to be kind.” Rabiya said.

(Photo source: Instagram – @rabiyamateo)

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