- Rabiya Mateo touched so many netizens' hearts after a zoomed-in photo of her left leg has gone viral
- The beauty queen gracefully carried her 21-kilos of "wings" despite the injury
- Many netizens lauded the beauty queen as she slayed the national costume segment
- It can be recalled that Rabiya cried and apologized after the said segment for "disappointing" people
Rabiya Mateo showed true grit and courage during the national costume segment in the prestigious Miss Universe competition.
She suffered from an injury and yet she still sailed through it in full confidence.
Now, a zoomed-in photo of her left leg has gone viral.
It showed how the straps of her heels were already biting into her flesh and the blood stains could be seen.
The photo was posted by the Philippine Pageantry and captioned it with:
"LOOK Duguan, pero lalaban!
This photo will just prove that #RabiyaMateo is determined & will do everything for our country."
Many netizens continued to rally behind her:
"Kahit maraming mema...you worked hard for this and continue to slay em girl!"
"Ano kayang material ang ginamit at sobrang bigat naman. That is equivalent to one sack of rice! Plus the design of her shoes pa. Oh well Rabiya executed it well
Naman. Ang mahalata hindi siya nadulas or nalaglag sa stage."
"Laban mamsh!manalo matalo ako ay proud sa iyo. Hindi madali ang pinagdadaanan ng lahat ng sumasali diyan. The fact na nakarating ka sa point na yan ay nakaka proud na"
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.
Ogie Diaz, in his latest vlog, weighed in on the controversy involving Catriona Gray and Rabiya Mateo. Catriona received criticism after she did not express her support for the country's Miss Universe candidate, Rabiya, comparing the support Pia Wurtzbach gave the latter. Cat responded that she is a Filipina and a Miss Universe and that the pageant is a celebration of women. The comedian and talent manager then echoed the sentiments of Catriona in her reply to all the bashing.
Rabiya Mateo took to Instagram and affirmed that she is indeed a fan of Thai actor Mario Maurer. This came about after Kim Atienza addressed Maurer and said that the beauty queen is not a fan of his. Kim said that it is Kakai who is a fan of the Thai actor but she was treated badly by his PR team. The beauty queen then reposted a photo of Maurer and said that she was fangirling.
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