- Rabiya Mateo accidentally fell into the swimming pool during a shoot for Miss Universe
- The training camp of Mateo, Aces & Queens, shared some video clips of the funny incident
- The beauty queen just laughed at herself and took the whole thing in a stride
- She was literally soaked in her lovely pink outfit but like any beauty queen, she still managed a lovely smile
Rabiya Mateo may have one of the most memorable experiences during Miss Universe, when she fell into the pool during a shoot.
She got half of her outfit wet and she said that she almost lost her diamonds.
Thankfully, they were still intact.
Aces & Queens, the training camp of the candidates, shared video clips of the incident.
Mateo showed grace, composure and even got to laugh at the unfortunate mishap.
"A lot of things happened. First of all, I accidentally fell in the pool so I got half of my outfit wet. And then I almost lost my diamonds," she said in the clip.
Thankfully, the beauty queen was not hurt and her precious diamonds were all safe.
"I just want to let you know that the diamonds are safe. You have nothing to worry about. I just want to say thank you to Drake of Luna for letting me borrow his diamonds," said Mateo.
It could be seen in the video how she was still smiling a lot even when she already fell into the pool. She was wading through it, lifting what looked like a bag in one hand.
She also tried to wave and tell everyone that she was okay, including showing a "peace sign." Instinctively, as she was making her way out of the pool, she reached to her ears, most likely mindful of the diamonds that she mentioned.
Rabiya Occeña Mateo is an Indian-Filipino model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines in 2020. She is set to represent the Philippines at the Miss Universe 2020 pageant, which will be held on May 16, 2021 in Florida. Rabiya was born on November 14, 1996 to an Indian-American father and a Filipino mother who later separated.
Rabiya Mateo was a hot topic on Twitter after the release of her Miss Universe intro video. The hashtags #AribaRabiya and #HalaBiRabiya were among the trending topics on the microblogging platform. The Ilongga beauty queen is the Philippines’ representative to the global beauty pageant. Her introduction video can be seen on the official Facebook page of the Miss Universe organization.
Rabiya Mateo was placed on a hot-seat when she was asked about President Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier remark about women. His remark articulates that presidency was no job for women because of their emotional differences to men. The current Miss Universe Philippines title-holder then said she “completely disagrees” with that. The beauty queen furthermore expressed that emotion is also significant in leadership.
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