School: Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Year and Course: 1st Year - Bachelor in Advertising & Public Relations
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.
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."
As a Candy Rookie, Ysabella hopes to reach a larger audience to empower and share her advocacies with.
Photography: Rxandy Capinpin
Art Direction: Hannah Villafuerte
Team Art Director: Jico Joson
Producers: Ysabel Y. Yuzon and Mylene Mendoza
Shoot Coordination: Lou Ferrer
Styling: Van Mercado
Makeup: Gigi Esguerra
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