Fabiola Valentn and Mariana Varela, who respectively represented Argentina and Puerto Rico as Misses, have declared their love for one another.
According to Hola, the beauty queens became friends after the Miss Grand International 2020 competition. They had first met there.
Despite being inseparable ever since, they kept their relationship a secret. On Monday, they finally admitted their love on social media by sharing a touching post (October 31).
The 22-year-old model uploaded a video along with a heartfelt note about her significant other that was translated from Spanish to English. She wrote: “After deciding to keep our relationship private, we’re opening up the doors to you on a special day.”
In her caption, she also included the date “28/10/22” and two heart and ring emojis.
Valentn’s reel provided an emotional look at the couple’s love through images and video clips from their time together, including vacations, beach films, shots of their engagement rings, and a video of their marriage proposal.
Additionally, the video showed the couple, who were both wearing white, celebrating their union on the steps of the San Juan, Puerto Rico, Marriage Bureau.
In only three days, the good news generated more than 131,500 likes and 5,900 comments on the social networking platform.
The commenter under the image, Miss Grand International winner Abena Akuaba, wrote: “Omg congrats MGI brought together a wonderful union.”
Samantha Bernardo, a second Philippines-based contestant for Miss Grand International 2020, also wrote: “Omg! Sisters, congratulations! Lovelovelove!”
Additionally, the 26-year-old model gushedly reacted to her partner’s video and thanked viewers: “I appreciate all of the love. We are incredibly content and fortunate. I sincerely hope that you receive many times as much love as you give to us! endless gratitude”
The two stunning women are from two of Latin America’s most forward-thinking nations when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights.
In July 2010, Argentina became the first nation in the region to allow same-sex unions. Currently, Puerto Rico is preparing to introduce a measure that will protect same-sex couples under the island’s domestic abuse statute.
Both Varela and Valentn placed in the top 10 at MGI, despite neither of them taking home the crown in the beauty pageants. Miss Puerto Rico placed in the top three at Miss Universe 2019.
The greatest prize of all, though, was undoubtedly falling in love.