Binibining Pilipinas candidate Vickie Rushton recently announced that her pageant journey is officially coming to an end.
She took to Instagram to write a long, heartfelt post on her feelings about the decision.
“As much as I don’t want to, I need to close this chapter in my life. I thought I was okay, but today, I realized that I might not be as okay as I thought I was. It finally sunk in that I am no longer part of it. Today, I found myself crying because I am still not ready to let go of this dream, but I know I have to and I know God has better plans,” she said.
The former Pinoy Big Brother housemate had planned to represent the Philippines at Miss International this year, but was derailed after pageant director Stephanie Diaz clarified age requirements and restrictions for candidates.
“The girl has to be 18 years by the time she arrives in the host country and should be 28 years old by the pageant night,” Diaz said. “Right now, based on the contract that we have sent, and those who have already signed and paid for the franchise, that’s the understanding.”
Rushton is currently 29 years old, as of May 8, 2021.
Though it’s important to note that the Binibining Pilipinas pageant was supposed to be held in May of 2020, but was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Miss International pageant was cancelled altogether.
Had the pageants not been delayed, Rushton would have qualified to compete.
While she has not specified the reason for her withdrawal, she did say that it was time for her to “dream a new dream.”
Rushton was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International in 2011 and was first runner-up in Binibining Pilipinas 2018. She rejoined in Binibining Pilipinas 2019 where she placed in the Top 15, taking home six awards.