LOOK: Rabiya Mateo dazzles in Miss Universe 2020 evening gown show

Rabiya Mateo shone bright in the evening gown show at the Miss Universe 2020 preliminaries, where she wore a yellow gown by Dubai-based Filipino designer Furne Amato.

After walking in the swimsuit segment in a yellow bikini, Rabiya owned the color when she emerged in the one-shoulder tulle gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

Furne said that the gown is inspired by the Philippine sun.

"The dramatic and fitted silhouette adds interest and pizzazz on its own. The cape added royalty to the gown, and its beadwork was inspired by the radiance of the Philippine sun which symbolizes positivity and optimism. A hope for a new tomorrow, a world with endless beauty and happiness," the designer explained on Instagram, where he posted more photos of the gown in detail.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray tweeted her support for Rabiya, saying “Our girl literally said: 'No sun in my natcos? I am the sun,’” – referring to Rabiya being criticized for not wearing her sun-inspired headpiece in the national costume show the previous day.

Rabiya's choice of color was not lost on pageant fans, who pointed out that the previous two Filipina Miss Universe winners wore the other colors of the Philippine flag when they won. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach wore royal blue, while Catriona wore red.

The 69th Miss Universe pageant finals will be held in Florida on May 16 (May 17, 8 am, Manila time). The show will be aired live in the Philippines on the A2Z Channel, and streamed on Lazada. – Rappler.com