Pageant fans were in awe when Beatrice Luigi Gomez came out in the now famous gold gown by Francis Libiran during the Miss Universe finals held Monday, December 13. Miss Universe Philippines Creative Director Jonas Gaffud shared a story behind the gown inspired by the Pintados.
On his Instagram Wednesday, December 15, Jonas shared that they were happy when Francis said yes to designing Bea’s gown and even had 20 sketches prepared, including her red gown worn at the preliminary competition.
“Francis made 7 gowns for Bea and it was so hard to choose which one would be best. At first, the orange gown caught our attention. Then the silver. We were even joking that the red and gold gown would be for dinners or orientation,” Jonas said.
“During our last days in Manila, we had a shoot for the gowns. We loved the orange for finals, and silver for prelims. But then, Francis sent me the videos on his phone. Suddenly we thought the gold gown was superb! I asked Bea what’s her favorite and she said the gold gown. I asked everyone (stylists, make-up artists, designers, MUPh team) and we were all torn between the two. I asked [for] help from some trusted friends. The silver might look common with everyone wearing the same color. So we went back to the red gown.”
Jonas said they initially thought of using the orange gown for the finals but the gold gown had something special he said.
“There is something with the gold that really makes it unique, specially with her tattoo. Why not the orange for the prelims? We wanted sexy for the prelims. Then we asked Bea again, which one does she liked, and she said the gold gown. For the prelims it was just any gown, but the red was the final choice because bold colors look good on her. We were praying that both gowns will register well on stage and they did.”
Jonas thanked Francis and the team for making the gowns possible. He even shared that national director Shamcey Supsup and communications director Voltaire Tayag talked to Bea after the preliminary competition. He also said that if Bea got a chance to enter the top 16 and wear the gown, she should work it.
Bea finished her Miss Universe stint with a top 5 placement, the highest since 2018. She arrived in Manila Wednesday evening and will undergo mandatory quarantine before flying back to her family in Cebu.