For Rabiya Mateo, the show must go on.
Despite wearing an incomplete costume at yesterday's National Costume competition (which she looked amazing in, by the way), Philippines bet Rabiya Mateo walked the stage in her yellow swimsuit by Ema Savahl Couture during the Miss Universe 2020 preliminary round in Hollywood, Florida on May 15. The fierce Pinay styled her hair into soft curls and wore nude lips, a pink cape, and silver hoop earrings.
Mateo also wore heels from Filipino designer Jojo Bragais.
During the Miss Universe Philppines 2020 competition, Mateo won Best in Swimsuit twice—first during the preliminaries, where she wore a yellow bikini, and second during the finals where she wore a white bikini by Dubai-based Filipino designer Furne One.
Mateo is hoping to win the Philippines' fifth Miss Universe crown, after Catriona Gray (2018), Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Margie Moran (1973), and Gloria Diaz (1969). The 69th Miss Universe pageant will be held on Monday, May 17 at 8:00 AM PHT in Hollywood, Florida.
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