Miss Universe 2015 Contestants Get Pageant Ready and Talk Beauty Routines, Fears

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Fit to be a queen.

IT HAS BEEN 42 years since the Philippines last won the Miss Universe title, and nobody is as “hungry” for the coveted crown as Pia Wurtzbach, who joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant for three consecutive years before finally earning the right to represent the country in the most anticipated beauty event of the year.

For the first time in recent years, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach wore last Wednesday night an evening gown created by a famous Filipino designer during the preliminary competition of the 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.They had almost a year to prepare a make-or-break gown for Miss Universe-Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, but for some reason the off-the-rack gown allegedly bought by people behind Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) didn’t fit the voluptuous Filipino-German beauty queen. That is why she is the perfect muse for Lesley Mobo’s Red Cross collection. “I experiment a lot with layering and surface decoration to make it more glittery,” Lesley says about his collection. Tolentino’s gowns have been worn by famous celebrities at the Oscars, American Idol, Screen Actors Guild Awards, The Emmys, Cannes Film Festival, Grammy Awards, among others. The Filipino-German Wurtzbach appeared unfazed by the immense pressure, which has been consistently growing because of the country’s strong showing in other beauty tilts in the last five years. “Some people are saying I’m too ‘trying hard’—and it’s true, because this is what I really want,” the 26-year-old beauty said during her sendoff press conference at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City last month. “I don’t care if it looks like I’m doing this for a show biz comeback, or if I appear desperate.

His inspirations are an eclectic mix of periods, ranging from the Tudor and Victorian eras, with surface layering of beads, feathers and lace, and culminating in the ’70s’ “Studio 54” and the ’80s “Dynasty glam” with paillettes and glitters. But the lucky candidates who will advance to the semis will be announced during the grand finals which would be broadcast live around the world on Dec. 20 (Dec. 21 in Manila). He took the call and promised Wurtzbach’s camp to do “whatever I could to help the Philippines.” He didn’t say who made or where Wurtzbach’s original gown was bought.

This year’s preliminary judges are Vice President of Global Fashion Communications at IMG Erika Albies, independent film and TV producer Julio Caro, Director for Digital Partnerships for WME/IMG Keiko Uraguchi; Entertainment Tonight correspondent Nischelle Turner, entrepreneur Rocky Motwani and marketing expert Zak Soreff. Ann Colis, 2015 Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism, who became the first Filipino woman to win the Miss Globe title in Canada in October, gave her encouraging words: “Your dedication is unmatched. Wearing an ill-fitting gown would have likely ruined her chances. “I had nine gowns from my Beverly Hills boutique sent to Las Vegas that very afternoon,” Tolentino said. “I wanted Pia to have as many choices as possible. I also wanted to make sure something fits.” The two-hour show at Planet Hollywood Hotel was live-streamed and seen by millions the world over on YouTube.

Like her rivals, Wurtzbach also paraded earlier in the show in a two-piece swimsuit. “They said she loved the gown and felt good in it,” said Tolentino. “She was finally able to relax, which was so important for a candidate the night before the contest.” Tolentino, who’s one of a handful of Filipino designers to have dressed Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winners and nominees, had no idea why everything was “so last minute.” “Even though I wasn’t there, I was happy to have helped Pia and the Philippines,” said Tolentino, whose celebrity clients include Jessica Alba, Emmy Rossum, Sophia Bush, Ceelo Green, Tara Lipinski, Maria Menounos and Carrie Underwood. Gowns worn by Filipino beauty queens to international pageants have been a contentious issue among pageant fans since Stella Marquez-Araneta, chair of BPCI, insisted that winners should only wear gowns bought or commissioned for them by BPCI.

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