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Stella Araneta Is Open to Collaborate with Filipino Designers

MANILA, Philippines- After the controversial evening gown and national costume of Mary Jean Lastimosa made headlines, Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BCPI) chairperson Stella Araneta said she is open to collaborate with Pinoy designers.

Earlier, netizens lambasted Araneta on social media for opting to make Pinay beauty queens wear designs of Alfredo Barazza, a fashion designer from Colombia. According to netizens, the “unflattering” and “uninspired” gowns of Lastimosa hindered her from making it to the Top 5 of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant. Lastimosa only qualified up to the Top 10 of the prestigious beauty competition.

PHOTO CREDIT: GMA NETWORK
PHOTO CREDIT: GMA NETWORK

In BCPI’s statement posted in its official Facebook page, Araneta is encouraging Filipino designers to collaborate with BCPI. Araneta, who believes in Filipino genius, is willing to work with Pinoy designers who can come up with the best designs that will showcase the beauty of Binibini queens in international competitions.

PHOTO CREDIT:Official  Facebook page of BCPI
PHOTO CREDIT:Official Facebook page of BCPI

BCPI also stressed in its statement that Pinay beauty queens wear FIlipino-made creations during pictorials, fashion shows, and national costume contests.

Renowned Filipino talents such as Rajo Laurel, Ino Sotto, and Randy Ortiz earlier showed sketches of gowns they intended to make Pinay beauty queens wear for the beauty pageant.

Laurel, who earlier made a gown inspired by the Pintados tribe stated: “ I just think that perhaps she should open up her mind to this generation of talented designers.”


Lastimosa, who arrived in the Philippines last Thursday, appealed to Filipino fans not to blame her gown for the outcome of the pageant.

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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