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Harnaaz Sandhu finds ally in Miss Universe ‘sister’ Beatrice Luigi Gomez


Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu (right) is reunited with Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez, one of her close friends during the international competition

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu (R) is reunited with Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez, one in every of her shut pals through the worldwide competitors. Picture: Philippine Each day Inquirer/Armin P. Adina

MANILA, Philippines — Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu discovered an ally in normalizing conversations revolving round menstruation and menstrual well being and hygiene in her pageant sister, Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez.

The 2 shared the stage on the #BeNextPeriodReady occasion organized by female care model Modess, in partnership with the Miss Universe Philippines group (MUPH) and the ABS-CBN Basis, on the ballroom of Hilton Manila in Pasay Metropolis on April 26. Sandhu and Gomez inspired the highschool college students among the many viewers to normalize speaking about their month-to-month intervals, share experiences and supply help for each other.

The younger ladies, dubbed #GenFree by the female care model, had been joined by the 32 delegates of the 2022 Miss Universe Philippines pageant.

Sandhu has only in the near past appeared earlier than a bunch of younger Filipinos who participated in a workshop on menstrual fairness, the advocacy she has been championing even earlier than capturing the Miss Universe crown.

The Indian actress shared with the viewers that she is presently having her interval. “A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do. We got this!” she exclaimed.

The reigning queen stated nothing ought to cease ladies mentally in reaching their targets, and that menstruation is a traditional a part of a lady’s life. “I am a woman who menstruates,” Sandhu declared.

Gomez, for her half, admitted that her each pageant coincided together with her month-to-month interval. And Sandhu stated her buddy shared together with her this bit of data.

“I think it is like a lucky charm!” the Filipino magnificence stated. For her, having an everyday interval grew to become helpful, as a result of it helped her put together herself for the competitors.

“I did exercises to minimize the period pains,” she shared.

Sandhu additionally lamented the situation in impoverished communities the place ladies are made to decide on between meals and pad.

“They should never be made to choose because both are important,” she stated.

Gomez, in the meantime, appealed to these involved to think about female pad important, and embrace them in provisions throughout emergency conditions corresponding to pure calamities.

Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez said in all her pageants, she competed while having her period.

Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez stated in all her pageants, she competed whereas having her interval. Picture: Philippine Each day Inquirer/Armin P. Adina

When the Inquirer requested the 2 the right way to contain males in the dialog, Sandhu stated, “When we think that we might be uncomfortable talking about periods we need [men] to say that it’s okay to menstruate, that’s all that we want.”

Gomez stated she considers it a “huge help” for males to attend talks about menstruation: “Especially that not all daughters are guided by their mothers. So it’s very important for men to also educate themselves because you could be guiding your daughter when they have it.”

The 2 beauties will subsequent be seen collectively on the 2022 Miss Universe Philippines preliminary competitors which can be staged at Cove Manila at Okada Manila in Parañaque Metropolis on April 27.

On April 30, Gomez will crown her successor on the nationwide pageant’s grand coronation night time on the Mall of Asia Area in Pasay Metropolis. Sandhu can be one of many judges. JB

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