The Philippines is famously a pageant-loving country, as evidenced by the rapturous support our Miss Universe bets receive year after year. Filipinos also serve as a pageant trainers, production staffers, and are even gown and costume designers for delegates hailing from all corners of the world. The creative Filipino spirit truly shines in the pageant universe!
As it turns out, though, the Filipino involvement doesn’t stop there. We just found out that Mexico’s Andrea Meza, the winner of Miss Universe 2020, actually wore a dress inspired by the traditional Philippine terno!
In December 2020, she posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a green belted mini dress with the distinctive butterfly sleeves. “When preparing my wardrobe for [Miss Universe Mexico], I asked @roud.rousmx to create a dress for me inspired [by] the terno, a traditional Filipino dress,” Andrea wrote.
“The first time I saw a beauty queen wearing it, I thought those oversized sleeves looked very classy and elegant, and fell in love with them. I wore this dress for my second media tour in Mexico City,” she wrote.
Designed by the Roud & Rous México, the dress was worn by Andrea during her stint as Miss Universe Mexico, before she flew out to represent her country in the Miss Universe 2020 pageant.
Proud Pinoys have flooded the comment section of Andrea’s photo, sending her their love and congratulations on her win.
“I knew it! Beginning [when] she posted this picture, she captured all Filipinos’ hearts and attention. She knows how to appreciate culture…and that’s why she was destined to be the next Miss Universe. Congratulations and love from the Philippines!” one user wrote.
Congratulations again, Andrea!
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