Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo displays her national costume at the 2021 Miss Universe National Costume event at Seminole Hard Rock in Miami Florida.
She wore a Philippine-flag-inspired masterpiece by the late fashion designer Rocky Gathercole and you can see a pair of bespoke red-and-blue high heels from Nereku.
“I feel like I’m a Victoria’s Secret angel. I’m gonna fly,” she says before hitting the runway.
Mary Jean Lastimosa interview Rabiya Mateo last May 11 and saying, “It’s sexy and it’s very unique. Kasi now, MJ, I was able to find my personal style. And I find confidence when I show some skin, not too much skin.And it’s a representation of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao wrapped into one. And I really envisioned myself in this costume ever since.”
“It’s heavy, to be honest, that’s why I really need to practice it. Like, I really need to work out physically.Yung alam mo yung pinapasok mo talaga sa isip mo na kahit mabigat ito, irarampa ko talaga ito,” she added.
Rabiya Mateo cries due to struggles before going onstage with the national costume and stated “I keep everybody cheering for and I did my best during the competition. Maraming salamat talaga sa mga sumuporta.”