There is so much more to pageants than meets the eye as Dookie Ducay, a renowned celebrity photographer shares. Having photographed some of the country's most illustrious beauties to compete in the international arena of beauty pageants, he has since gained intimate knowledge of the women who are slated to represent our country. The contestants that he has photographed so far have several glaring traits in common. "They are all kind, charming and driven to make a change in our world," shares Dookie. Joining the pageants is a point of national pride for the ladies, he reveals. "They have one goal: to represent the Philippines and to win."
With social media relevance and popularity playing a huge role in securing the win, it is important to start stacking the odds in your favor early on. "The shoots help them gain more social media exposure," Dookie relates, "It is interesting to see that the fans use my photos to make their own banners to show their support." At the end of the day, every little bit helps and Dookie shares that his photo shoots with the reigning queens are his own little way of contributing to the country's crusade for the crowns: "Shooting the queens is like helping my country too."
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Photographs from Instagram.com/dookieducay