Michelle Dee came into Miss Universe 2023 with 200% energy and we’re here for it.
In case you didn’t know, we’re in the middle of one of the busiest seasons of the year, pageant season. Miss Universe 2023 is almost upon us as queens from all over the world descend on El Salvador as they vie to be crowned the next Miss Universe. And one of the hopeful contestants is our very own Michelle Dee.
Michelle’s journey to Miss Universe has lasted years, with her pageant career arguably leading her to this moment. And clearly, she came ready for her time in South America with a dedication that screams winner in the lead-up to the coronation night. Don’t believe us? Scroll down for a few moments when Michelle came prepared with her passion and dedication.
HER HELLO UNIVERSE CHALLENGE
Even before she left the Philippines, Michelle already had netizens talking when she launched the Hello Universe Challenge with a splashy video. It was all to get Filipinos together to support her bid in a fierce display of bayanihan that had many showcasing their runway-ready walks. Come through social media campaign.
THE DENIM DEPARTURE LOOK
If people thought that Michelle was going to keep it predictable with her departure look, she surprised many in the best way possible when she wore a denim coord by Renz Reyes. It was unconventional yet stylish and a sign that she thoroughly planned her serves for Miss Universe.
BONDING WITH HER MISS UNIVERSE SISTERS
While the pressure of being a Miss Universe delegate is enough to overwhelm most people, Michelle and her fellow queens aren’t letting the competition get in the way of their sisterhood. From slaying in coordinated black with Miss Universe Thailand Anntonia Porsild to hanging out with her chicas Miss Universe Nicaragua Shyennis Palacios and Miss Universe Mexico Melissa Flores, and more, the queens still find the time to get close, as it should be.
TURNING MISS UNIVERSE INTO HER OWN FASHION WEEK
From the beach to the ballroom, Michelle made sure that you wouldn’t catch her missing with every look she prepared for Miss Universe. With the help of her stylist Ryuji Shiomitsu and her creative team, Michelle gave us multiple looks per day of diverse styles and silhouettes that complimented her so well. And her chic bob stayed bobing throughout her activities. The best part? All her ‘fits are from Filipino designers as she champions local talent. She really turned Miss Universe into Fashion Week.
DAZZLING AT THE PRELIMINARIES
To many, the Preliminaries serve as the make-or-break moment whether you’re a strong contender at the Finals. If that’s the case, consider Michelle Dee one of our top picks. The actress and beauty queen ate, slayed, and tore her way through the Preliminary round. She stunned in her green cut-out gown from Mark Bumgarner, which served as a touching tribute to her mother, and lit the stage on fire with her powerful swimsuit walk. That’s mother if you ask us.
THE FOCUS ON HER ADVOCACIES
Aside from the physical aspect of the competition, Miss Universe also serves as a platform for the queens to share their advocacies and other social causes with the world. It’s an aspect that Michelle keeps close to her heart with her main advocacy, autism awareness. During her stay in El Salvador, Michelle also worked with other charities, such as Smile Train. Oh, and she made it to the semifinals as part of the Top 10 for Miss Universe Voice for Change, the competition’s award for inspiring stories and powerful advocacy.
THE SNAKE HOMAGE
Michelle wouldn’t go all the way to El Salvador without paying homage to her *iconic* snake walk now would she? From her snake-print suit by Jaz Cerezo to her green Mark Bumgarner gown and doing the actual snake walk on the Preliminaries stage, she’s ready to slither her way to the top.
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