UPDATED 11:26am, January 26, 2014
Don’t get us wrong, we’re still rooting for MJ Lastimosa to bag the Miss Universe crown. But really, what is up with that national costume? C’mon, the Terno is as elegant as any national costume could get. What was her team thinking when they hired the same Colombian designer, Alfredo Barraza, that made Miss Colombia's national costume? Were they pegging Lana Del Rey with that flower crown?
Bb. Pilipinas chairperson Stella Araneta, who picked the Colombian designer to make the Filipino national costume (already, that sounds wrong), said that she has been doing it for years.
"If I didn't do it for several years, it's because the designs that were given to us were not good enough for our candidates," she told TV Patrol. "That's the reason I went abroad.”
Filipino fashion folk, including Cary Santiago (couturier to Tyra Banks and Katy Perry), responded with a post on Instagram saying, "Anyone sent for global competition wearing a Philippine sash should also wear a Filipino designer."
Previous contestants Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Ariella Arida all went for a traditional approach on the Terno when they represented our country during their respective turns at the Miss Universe arena.
And while Araneta said that the creation was inspired by the Panagbenga flower festival of Baguio, we're wondering: isn't there a better way to spin this theme??
Photos from @team_ph