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‘Pinoy Big Brother’ alum Franki Russell among Miss Universe UAE’s Top 30

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‘Pinoy Big Brother’ alum Franki Russell among Miss Universe UAE’s Top 30

TOP 30. Franki Russell joins Miss Universe UAE.

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'This feels so surreal,' says the Filipino-Kiwi model

Former Pinoy Big Brother: Otso  housemate and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano actress Franki Russell has made it to the top 30 finalists of the Miss Universe United Arab Emirates (UAE) pageant. 

On Instagram, Russell announced the news by posting a photo of herself dressed in what looks like a modern take on the hijab. “This feels so surreal. I feel so grateful and honored to be part of something so historical – the first-ever Miss Universe here in the UAE,” she wrote.

This year’s edition of the pageant marks the first time for the UAE to crown a delegate for the Miss Universe competition. “I feel like there’s never been a better time to have a Miss Universe UAE to empower and inspire women from all walks of life,” Russell continued. 

According to the organization, they received more than 15,000 applications online. They then filtered it out to the top 300, before whittling them down to the top 30. 

“I am so inspired by everything this pageant stands for,” Russell wrote after she passed the initial application process and became a part of the top 300. “Diversity, celebrating women from all walks of life, empowerment, and breaking stereotypes.”

In a separate tweet, the Filipino-Kiwi model also penned a message for her fans who may have been surprised with her joining a foreign pageant.

“It may not be the flag you prefer, but I am so excited because this particular pageant represents a lot more than that,” Russell said. 

She continued, “To those who have shown their support, I see you and I feel so blessed.”

The Miss Universe UAE pageant is scheduled for November 7. – Rappler.com