Miss Universe Cameroon Angele Kossinda praised the Filipino fashion student who designed her national costume, calling him a “very young talented man who also deserves this opportunity.”
In an Instagram post on May 4, Angele shared screenshots of articles reporting that 20-year-old student Kennedy John Gasper was the designer behind her national costume.
“I’m overwhelmed by the Filipino and media for the support. Indeed a national costume represents your country legacy, culture and image. And to me the most important thing is to find someone who could best represent it in an outfit or costume no matter your origins – this is what we learn from beauty pageant - inclusion, tolerance, unity! So yes a Filipino designer has made my national costume,” she wrote in the caption.
Kennedy is a third year student at the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in Isabela, taking up fashion and textile technology with a major in fashion design.
On Facebook on May 4, CLSU posted their congratulations to Kennedy, saying “he has proven himself as an outstanding student and fashion designer.”
Aside from Kennedy, other Filipinos also worked with Angele for the pageant, designing her gowns and mentoring her.
“There’s a big love story between the Phillipines, Filipino fans and me and that is since 2017. Be aware my gowns as well are made by Filipino - I have been trained and mentored by Filipino too,” she said, inviting people to tune into the pageant to learn who they are.
Angele is the first Miss Universe Cameroon, and is representing her country as it debuts in the pageant. The coronation night is set to be held in Florida, USA on May 16 (May 17, Manila time). The show will air live on the A2Z channel. – Rappler.com