Mr. World is More Than Being “The World’s Most Desirable Man”
by Sherry Tadeja, August 23, 2019 9:00pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
It’s a requirement to be ‘really pretty’ when joining beauty contests. However, it isn’t just about crowning the fairest of them all. The phrase “Beauty with a purpose” is more than just a statement started by Miss World Organization, ICYDK, “Beauty with a purpose” is also the pageant’s registered charity for humanitarian projects. This year they push the same initiative to their male beauty pageant counterpart, the Mr. World.
This year’s candidates showcased impressive backgrounds from their home countries. Most are already professionals; teachers, engineers, doctors, actors, IT specialist even scientists, and are actively involved in humanitarian causes. Proving these 75 men are more than just brawns and a
See how these Mr. World representatives personify “Beauty with a purpose” with their humanitarian projects back home.
“I work as a model, actor. I’m the ambassador of the “Fight against Leprosy” in Brazil. I’m a professional karate fighter. I’d have inspired young people to do that too,”
- Carlos Franco, Mr. World Brazil
“I have my own charity. I try to inspire and recruit other people to become volunteers and spread this message to everybody and together we’ll be one as unity to help everybody”
- Thomas Tzekos, Mr. World Greece
“My advocacy for this beauty pageant is I have been working in an association called “Kids First Association”. This association takes care of children with cancer. For the past 5 years, I sponsored a baby her name is Kristi she was three months old she has leukemia. But like now she’s okay and cured. That would be my advocacy I would definitely help kids with cancer,”
- Jean Paul Bitar, Mr. World Lebanon
“I took up sports science ever since college and my advocacy is always about sports. I want to help kids through sports—underprivileged kids. Any kind of kids—autistic kids, kids nawalang budget, I really wanna help the kids who have their dreams na may magpu-push sa kanila,”
- JB Saliba, Mr. World Philippines
“The project I’m doing is called “Brightness One” it’s all about kids who are abandoned by their parents to give them a better future and give them a chance in the society,”
- Anakin Nontiprasit, Mr. World Thailand
The stakes today at beauty pageants like Mr. World have changed for the better. It has gone beyond skin color, race, pretty face, and an impressive physique. Like the infamous statement, it has gone beyond the book’s cover. Now, it looks into its content, its story.
The search for 2019's ‘World’s Most Desirable Man’ is set to be announced on Friday, August 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Statements have been edited for clarity and brevity.