Candy Rookie Ysabella Sabay Hopes To Challenge Society’s Definition Of Beauty

Ysabella is part of Candy Rookies 2020, a group of influential and aspirational college students handpicked to represent #GenerationCandy in the year to come.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Dec 25, 2019
Image: Rxandy Capinpin
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School: Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Year and Course: 1st Year - Bachelor in Advertising & Public Relations

Age: 19

Instagram: @heyysabella

Ysabella Sabay is no stranger to being bullied because of her skin color. The 19-year-old admitted to struggling because of it, but instead of getting entirely disheartened, the experience only made her more determined to advocate for a more inclusive embodiment of beauty. Ysabella has been joining beauty pageants to show that anyone can be beautiful, even if they don’t fit society’s exclusive and strict standards.

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This also proves this morena beauty believes in the values of hard work and determination. "I wasn't born with [everything] served on a silver platter," Ysabella opens up. "At a young age, I have realized the value of hard work, so I would best describe myself as a strong-willed, empowered, and a visionary woman who surfaced above the adversities of life."

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As a Candy Rookie, Ysabella hopes to reach a larger audience to empower and share her advocacies with.

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Ysabella is part of Candy Rookies 2020, a group of influential and aspirational college students handpicked to represent #GenerationCandy in the year to come.

Photography: Rxandy Capinpin

Art Direction: Hannah Villafuerte

Team Art Director: Jico Joson

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Producers: Ysabel Y. Yuzon and Mylene Mendoza

Shoot Coordination: Lou Ferrer

Styling: Van Mercado

Makeup: Gigi Esguerra

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