OPINION: Defining Timeless Beauty


Human nature dictates that we all have a measure of self-esteem. So, if we’re truly straightforward about it, we tend to side with the beauty queen that represented our country. Well, most of the time but not all, given that I didn’t really sided with our Miss Philippines Earth last year. But let’s face it – we want our representatives to win.


Reviewing the results of Timeless Beauty 2016 prodded me to ponder on what is exactly the definition of this title. Missosology, a website based in the Philippines, awarding the title to a Miss World Philippines could raise some suspicions here and there. However, with a little bit of digging on the selection process, any reasonable person can be enlightened that the whole affair was actually fair and square.


Edymar Martinez - Timeless Beauty 2015
Edymar Martinez could not contain her thrill when she was named as Timeless Beauty 2015

Defining Timeless Beauty is highly subjective so let me inject my two cents. When Olesya Stefanko was chosen by our panel of judges as Timeless Beauty 2011, I understood that the title is best bestowed to a candidate of a major international pageant that left an indelible impact in the world of pageantry. Olesya after all, is the best Miss Universe that Ukraine never had.

People can get hung up with semantics though. While I disagree, defining timeless beauty as a kind of physical beauty not affected by the passage of time is technically correct. However, when Venus Raj became our first formal Timeless Beauty back in 2010, I don’t think, like many others, that Venus’ physical form will remain unchanged for the next 50 years. Rather, I believe that Venus will be still be talked about by pageant enthusiasts for eternity. After all, she singlehandedly reversed the misfortune of the Philippines at Miss Universe.


Thus, it didn’t surprise me to see Venus taking the center stage as she interviewed the newly crowned Iris Mittenaere. It was a symbolic honor given to the one who ended the Philippine drought. I am also not surprised if Indonesians can’t forget the heavenly aura of Edymar Martinez wearing a kebaya. Edymar is the very first Miss International winner to grace at the Puteri Indonesia contest. Timeless Beauties linger in the minds and hearts of people and I think that is the essence of it all.


Catriona Gray as Timeless Beauty 2016 may not sit well with some people. I am reminded though how Megan Young and Pia Wurtzbach, two iconic women from the Philippines, all came short in winning the honorary title. I think that proves on how transparent, impartial and unpredictable the selection process is.


Catriona Gray
Catriona Gray can’t contain her emotion when she received a bunch of pink roses from Missosology for winning the Timeless Beauty 2016 title

Sure, we side with the beauty queen of our country. It is human to do so. But what started as a post-pageant season diversion has grown into something that beauty pageants fans are looking forward to every year. To ensure that the whole process is credible, we asked people from various backgrounds and nationalities to pitch in. We always believe that diversity of opinion is a strength, not a weakness.


Timeless Beauty contest, in my opinion, has a good measure of credibility because the recent winners are taking notice. Edymar Martinez was thrilled to be named Timeless Beauty 2015 and was vocal in expressing her enthusiasm. The title may not come with a sash or a crown but Timeless Beauty 2016 Catriona Gray was emotional and grateful. We at Missosology think that a bunch of pink flowers will do the trick of having a tangible representation about the title.


For some, the annual Timeless Beauty contest is just a game, could be meaningless even irrelevant. Maybe it all started just like that but for our winners, it seems the title is of value. It is after all a recognition of their hard work and dedication. It is a badge that they are proud to wear and that in itself is something. Timeless Beauty is here to stay and will continue to bestow honor to a beauty queen that we will be talking about till the end of time.

Written by Ric Galvez


  1. This article makes its seem like Philippines is the center of the pageant world. Venus Raj won because she ended a draught for THE PHILIPPINES. She’s Timeless to Filipino fans but not to me. So I guess Catriona won because she’s the best Miss World THE PHILIPPINES never had. So I guess this so called Timeless Beauty isn’t about being a timeless beauty it’s an award reserved to back up a Filipino rep when she fails to win the actual crown. Right?

    • Correct! That is why Missosology’s Timeless Beauty 2011 is Shamcey Supsup, for 2012 they have Janine Tugonon, for 2013 they have Ariella Arida, for 2014 they have MJ Lastimosa and for 2015 Timeless Beauty is Hillarie Parungao. And I think Jamaica should be the center of the pageant world. Afterall, they are winning major pageants every year for the last five years.

      • i agree @disqus_knpseEiZyC:disqus jamaica is really doing well, winning crowns left and right, major and minor, such a pageant powerhouse, dislodging even the mighty venezuela! and as for the philippines well — such a shame– all they can do is win only 7 crowns (1supranational, 1missworld, 2missinternational, 2missearth, 1missuniverse) in the last 3 or 4 years, poor philippines! jamaica should be performer of the year or even the decade!!!

      • a perfect counter to a myopic opinion which should have been kept to himself. losing is not that bad until the acrid smell of jealousy fills the air.

  2. Catriona Gray really is this year’s timeless beauty for capturing the hearts of many including many non-Filipinos. She was an overwhelming favorite and her failure to capture the Miss World crown sent many in shock all over the world. So yes, Catriona Gray is definitely this year’s Timess Beauty, and her selection does not need any rationalizing and defending the Filipino-ness of the website that awards the title. I think doing this defensive article dampens the much-deserved title for Catriona. It would have been better if Missosology just focused on her strengths and how she captured people’s hearts. Coming up with a defensive article only attracts uncalled for criticisms and is not at all flattering for Catriona, which is sad because she truly deserves the title.