In a closed-door interview for Miss Universe Philippines (MUP), Kimberly "Billie" Hakenson, Cavite's representative for the pageant, came out as bisexual.
Her revelation was part of the teaser for the MUP's "Ring Light" series which was uploaded last Monday, October 19.
"I'm Billie Hakenson, I'm representing Cavite, and I'm a bisexual, and I'm proud to be here," she said.
Watch her coming out at the 0:30 mark.
On Instagram, Hakenson has been voicing out about being her true self throughout her pageant journey.
"I know who I am, I know what I can do. I will tell my story as truly as I can and I will enjoy every bit of this journey as I build myself," she wrote in one post.
I know who I am, I know what I can do. I will tell my story as truly as I can and I will enjoy every bit of this journey as I build myself. Photo: @jonunson HMUA: @chadwitch Assist: @rabie_shutter #RinglightSeries #TheFilipinoIsPhenomenal #MsUniversePhilippines2020 #SustainableTourism #beautifultransformations #inspiringwomenwithaction #beyondthecoastlines #onephilippines #teamphilippines #MUPHCAVITE #WIN #Billie #Billievers #KimberlyHakenson #HakenShowYouTheUniverse #MissUniversePhilippines #MUPh #MUPh2020 #Cavite #ProudCaviteña #TigaSouth #ThePowerOfHope #learningjourney
In another post, she shared a photo of the Pride rainbow flag with the caption "I will forever be grateful and honored to raise our flag."
In a recent digital conversation with South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi, the reigning Miss Universe, Hakenson said she looks up to the beauty queen for giving her confidence when it came to joining a pageant with short hair.
"You broke the status quo, you broke the typical beauty queen mold... I just really want to thank you for doing that. You are amazing. You inspire me so much, and I never had this much confidence before, with short hair, to join a pageant," Hakenson told Tunzi.
"I love that you said you got that confidence because beauty comes in all shapes, forms, and sizes. I feel it should be celebrated." the 2019 Miss Universe replied.
Hakenson is one of many candidates vying to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant.