Let’s take a look back at all the sizzling fits that the Cebuana stunner served in the run-up to the #MissUniverse2021.
Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez brought her A-game to the preliminaries of the prestigious international competition with an elaborate stunner: a Bakunawa-themed national costume, inspired by the final form of the golden lunar dragon from Filipino folklore.
The national costume, which Gomez proudly strutted during Saturday’s Miss Universe preliminaries, was created by Filipino fashion designers Manny Halasan from Bulacan and Axel Que from Cebu.
“I wanted to continue my narrative of the Bakunawa, and I’m taking my artistic license to a whole new level,” Que wrote on social media. “I wanted to take everyone on this journey of growth and maturity, not just for the costume itself, but also as a metaphor for Bea’s personal evolution.”
“This is a personal, hypothetical envisioning of what the Bakunawa would look like had it succeeded in devouring the last moon. I chose gold to render the whole piece in because aside from its divine beauty, it is considered as the perfect element (because it’s chemically one of the least reactive), and to hopefully imbue this characteristic to the wearer, much like an enchanted armor,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Halasan expounded on the different aspects of the costume, namely the lunar-inspired headpiece and the ornate hand garb.
“The beautiful transitions and different faces of the moon is captured in this folklore-inspired headpiece,” said Halasan. “The charismatic hand accessories complementing to the masterfully curated and vivid imagination brought-to-life National Costume of the rich story of the goddess, Bakunawa.”
All red everything
From her elaborate national costume, Bea went for blood as she donned two beautiful ensembles that were gushing red.
First, Bea brought the fire with a bright-red, asymmetrically-cut gown created by famed Filipino designer Francis Libiran.
“Bold and feisty. The color red has always been a symbol of bravery and courage, especially for the Filipino,” Libiran wrote on social media.
“This bejeweled gown seamlessly evokes the mysterious allure of our own Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez. Intricately embellished with fine embroidery and beadwork, the dress symbolizes the country’s optimism and fighting spirit,” he added beneath a clip of Bea gliding through the stage in the gown.
Then, in another segment, Bea gave the judges the goods when she rocked a red one-piece swimsuit sewn with big buttons and accentuated by her animal-printed bikini shawl. With her hair up in a ponytail, Bea walked down the runway in her glitzy silver heels.
Lest we forget, Bea won Best in Swimsuit at the Miss Universe Philippines pageant, so she definitely knows her fit.
Even though she didn’t take home the crown, Bea will still go down in history as one of the feistiest Filipina representative to the Miss Universe. Keep slaying, Bea!
Art Daniella Sison