One of the most talked about topic in the recently concluded Miss Universe pageant was Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa’s national costume. The gown was created by a Colombian fashion designer Alfredo Barraza, was said to have been inspired by Baguio City’s Panagbenga festival. To some fans and netizens, it looked like a cake.
Btw hindi ko kinaya yung National costume ni MJ Lastimosa! Parang cake Lang ang peg!
— ❤️Jewel Ruby❤️ (@scarlettruby25) January 23, 2015
Dear Stella Araneta, seriously! Give Filipino designers a chance to dress our own! Stop patronising those who will just sabotage our chance!
— ShutangInaBeks (@ShutangInaBeks) January 26, 2015
Some netizens expressed their dismay over Binibining Pilipinas Charities Chairperson Stella Araneta who approved the gown for MJ. This even prompted an online clamor for Ms. Araneta to give Filipino designers a chance at designing the national costume for Miss Universe next time.