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More Miss Universe 2020 candidates to wear creations by Pinoy designers

By CAMILLE SANTIAGO Published May 06, 2021 1:17 pm

Rabiya Mateo isn’t the only one making us proud at the upcoming Miss Universe pageant—Pinoy fashion designers, too, are raising our Filipino flag as some of them have been commissioned by the other contestants to make their clothes.

From the couture kings Michael Cinco and Furne One to bridal designer Jian Lasala and to newbie Kennedy Gasper, find out below who will wear who at the 69th Miss Universe pageant on May 17.

Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo to wear Furne One

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Among the 100 designers that Rabiya Mateo collaborated with for her outfits, Furne One of Amato Couture is among them and he is set to create her evening gown for the pageant.

Previously, she wore a white swimwear by the same designer at the 2020 Miss Universe Philippines pageant in October 2020.

Miss Universe Romania Bianca Lorena Tirsin to wear Michael Cinco

Miss Universe Romania Bianca Lorena Tirsin is set to wear an evening gown by Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco. She told ABS-CBN News—through her Filipino mentor Mackoy Manlapaz—that she is the first Romanian to wear a Cinco creation.

“As I am the first Romanian to wear the gown of this famous designer, I know I will shine in the Miss Universe stage. I am incredibly happy that he personally sent me a direct message asking me to wear one of his creations. It’s an honorable thing for me and I will be happy not to disappoint him and to wear also the Miss Universe crown,” she said. 

Miss Universe Canada Nova Stevens to wear Michael Cinco

Nova Stevens from Canada is also going to wear a piece by Michael Cinco. The couture designer told ABS-CBN News that the beauty queen "messaged me directly and asked me to design her evening gown.” 

In an Instagram post, Stevens shared a teaser video of the gowns captioning it: "Can you guess which gowns I will be wearing at Miss Universe from Michael Cinco?” 

Yesterday, Cinco also shared a series of photos with Stevens that were shot in Dubai, where she is seen wearing a bright yellow textured trail gown.

Cinco previously created evening gowns for Canada’s Miss Universe representatives in 2018 and 2019.

Miss Universe Cambodia Sarita Reth to wear Rian Fernandez

A designer from Baguio named Rian Fernandez was asked to make Miss Universe Cambodia Sarita Reth’s evening gown.

Reth also wore two other pieces from Fernandez: one is a red ruffled jumpsuit for her Jacksonville visit and another is a mustard highland weave jumpsuit.

Miss Universe Belize Iris Salguero to wear Jian Lasala

Beauty queen Iris Salguero of Belize will be wearing an evening gown inspired by the blue waters of her country. It is designed by Jian Lasala who said in an interview that “Filipinos have a special place in her heart.”

He added, “They all turn to the Philippines because Filipinos are talented, mabilis kausap and cost-effective. As a designers hub, they also admire our design esthetics. Our reputation also precedes us a beauty pageant powerhouse with many consistent international placements.” 

Miss Cameroon Angele Kossinda to wear Kennedy Gasper

The first Miss Cameroon, Angele Kossinda, is going to wear a creation by 20-year-old fashion design student named Kennedy Gasper. Kossinda said that the Isabela-based designer “is a very young talented man who also deserves this opportunity.”