Just recently, the Miss Universe Queens visited Manila for their holiday tour. Part of their agenda was to headline the FrontRow Universe Fashion Show Gala for the benefit of the Hope for Change Foundation. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittanaere, and current Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters walked the runway clad in gowns made by renowned designers like Francis Libiran, Albert Andrada, and Rajo Laurel respectively. Below, we talk to Rajo who shares with Preview, "I was only given one day to prepare for the coming of Miss Universe. However being a fan of a pageant since I was wee little lad, we dropped everything and found a way to dress her up in what I thought was appropriate." Read on!
Can you please describe the gown for us? What was the inspiration behind it?
"I wanted something fit for royalty. She is after all a Queen. I did not want anything overtly revealing, and in my mind I wanted to make her feel like a descending Venus from the heavens. The gown is a simple column in white with a floor length cape featuring a Sabrina neckllike."
Why does the silhouette work well on Demi?
"I think it really worked as the column elongated her figure and the cape really made it regal, she was flowing as the wind lifted the cape. It was really a magical moment for me."
Is there a reason why you chose white for this look?
"I really just wanted to show her best. We Filipinos love the Miss Universe pageant and I just didn’t want to disappoint. I was really anxious about the experience, however Demi was really so kind and generous."
In the future, what kind of dresses or ensembles would you like to see on the new Miss Universe?
"At the moment I'm not really sure, but given the chance I would perhaps go a more regal route. A nod to being more modest, abiding what Miss Universe stands for."