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WATCH: MJ Lastimosa on Stella Araneta, national costume controversy

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa has spoken up about her relationship with Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated chairperson Stella Araneta, the national costume controversy, and her stint at the Miss Universe pageant. 

About them all, she had nothing but good things to say. 

Appearing before the media Thursday, January 29, MJ said that since the national costume portion is not included in the scoring, the Panagbenga-inspired dress wasn't the reason why she lost.

Watch her address the national costume issue here: 

 

MJ's national costume caused quite a stir on social media, with many expressing their dismay over Alfredo Barraza's dress. Stella Araneta defended the costume, saying she turned to foreign designers because she was not happy with the designs presented to her in the Philippines. 

MJ also defended Stella after Stella was criticized by social media users for her comments, saying that Stella was "like a mother" to her. (READ: Thoughts on MJ Lastimosa's Miss Universe gowns)

Social media users and pageant fans also reacted negatively to MJ's white evening gown, also by the Colombian designer Barraza. There were also rumors that Stella was unhappy with MJ, insisting that MJ wear the white gown. 

MJ appeared at one of the rehearsal events in a pink gown by Filipino designer Leo Almodal, but ultimately wore the white Barraza piece at the coronation night. 

Watch MJ talk about her relationship with Stella Araneta here: 

 

MJ told reporters that ultimately, the decision about which gown to wear would fall to the "boss" of operations – Stella Araneta. "Kahit anong binigay nila sa akin, I'm gonna rock it. I'm confidently beautiful and I know that whatever I wear, I'm gonna look beautiful on that stage. 'Yun lang laging iniisip ko."

(Whatever they give me, I'm gonna rock it. I'm confidently beautiful and I know that whatever I wear, I'm gonna look beautiful on that stage. That's all I'm thinking about.)

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