- Rabiya Mateo tearfully opened up about her struggles before going onstage to show her Miss Philippines National Costume for Miss Universe 2021
- She accidentally cut her finger while putting on the enormous costume and her stockings got splattered with her blood
- The beauty queen added that she kept on fighting even if she was not given a chance to retouch her hair and makeup
- However, Rabiya said that she did her best in presenting her national costume onstage
Rabiya Mateo shared some details about her struggles before going onstage to show her Miss Philippines National Costume for Miss Universe 2021.
In her Instagram live video, Rabiya shed tears as she shared that she accidentally cut her finger while putting on the enormous costume and her stockings got splattered with her blood.
She added that she kept on fighting even if she was not given a chance to retouch her hair and makeup.
Despite these difficult experiences, Rabiya said that she did her best in presenting her national costume onstage. She also apologized to those who got disappointed with her national costume stage performance.
"I'm so sorry kung na-disappoint man kayo sa akin but I know na I did my best I even cut my finger earlier ang yung stockings ko puno ng dugo…
"But I keep fighting kahit wala ng oras and wala ng enough time to retouch my hair, to retouch my makeup. Like I was there, I was running for pin, i was running for scissors.. for everything just to be able to execute the costume really well," Rabiya explained.
Rabiya Mateo became well-known in the country after she won the Miss Universe Philippines 2020. She became beloved for her beauty, confidence and intelligence and for her humble background. Rabiya will represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.
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The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant became controversial due to allegations of cheating. Miss Davao Alaiza Malinao defended the winner, Rabiya Mateo, saying that the cheating allegations against her are untrue.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is also one of the high-profile celebrities who expressed their support for Rabiya. The famous beauty queen supported Rabiya by welcoming her to the “sisterhood.”
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