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This Designer Created Swimsuits Inspired by the Iconic Looks of Filipina Miss Universe Winners

MUPH second runner-up Katrina Llegado looked stunning in all of them!
This Designer Created Swimsuits Inspired by the Iconic Looks of Filipina Miss Universe Winners
IMAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT) Marr Medel, Facebook/Miss Universe
MUPH second runner-up Katrina Llegado looked stunning in all of them!

Every time pageant season rolls around in the Philippines, you can count on our local creatives to whip up the coolest content. Just last week, Pia Wurtzbach paid homage to all the Filipinas who won Miss Universe with a special photoshoot. She wore four different gowns inspired by each of them, and wore the same pieces on stage as when she hosted Miss Universe Philippines 2022! It was a memorable moment indeed, but ICYDK, Pia wasn't the only one who gave a shoutout to our winning queens!

A day before the MUPH coronation night, Katrina Llegado (who eventually won second runner-up) wowed social media with her own Miss Universe tribute. She collaborated with designer Rob Lim, who created swimsuits inspired the winning looks of Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, Pia Wurtzbach, and Catriona Gray in the international pageant!

Take a look at Rob Lim's tribute to our four Miss Universe titleholders below, as seen on Katrina Llegado:

Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz

In case you haven't seen Gloria Diaz's winning Miss Universe look in full, she was crowned in a white, one-shoulder column gown with strips of gold sequins. Rob recreated these exact details in his swimsuit version, but opted for a more dramatic asymmetrical cut to give the piece a sultry feel. To complete the look, makeup artist Donald Lapez and hairstylist MJ Rone obviously had to do Gloria's signature graphic liner and swirled sideburn!

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Miss Universe 1973 Margarita "Margie" Moran

This second piece is a spitting image of a white halter swimsuit Margie Moran was photographed in after she won the title. Rob's version just features a higher bikini cut for a sexy, modern twist, but overall, he stayed true to the one-piece's minimalist vibe. The plunging neckline also reminds us of the white gown Margie wore when she was crowned on stage!

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Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach's win in 2015 cemented her blue Albert Andrada gown as an important piece in pageant history. Not only did it take a lot of work before she was allowed to wear it, the dress also became the symbol of our first Miss Universe victory after a more than a 40-year drought.

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Being such an iconic piece, the piece's most striking details weren't lost in Rob's swimsuit version. If someone were to actually wear this at the beach, they'd definitely turn heads!

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Pia herself saw the tribute on Katrina's page and commented, "Hello queen!" with the cutest emojis. I guess we can officially say that the look is Queen P-approved!

PHOTO BY Instagram/katllegado

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Of course, this list isn't complete without Catriona Gray's "lava gown" by Mak Tumang. With its sultry cut-out and high slit, it's truly the perfect inspo for a swimsuit! For a more subdued look, Rob chose a deeper red material with less shimmer and more glimmer. Katrina paired the finished maillot with her own sun ear cuff, red lipstick, and glamour waves, taking us right back to that proud moment in 2018!

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