- Rabiya Mateo and Amanda Obdam of Thailand were spotted holding each other’s hands as they exited the stage after the Miss Universe 2020 Pageant Night
- Earlier, the two were thought of by many as strong contenders for the crown
- Both donned on national costumes that wowed the crowd
- However, the two did not make it to the Top 10, which ended their quest at Top 21
Rabiya Mateo and Amanda Obdam of Thailand were seen holding each other’s hands as they exited the stage when the pageant night ended.
The two were initially seen as strong contenders for the Miss Universe 2020 crown, with both of them donning on national costumes, particularly that of Miss Thailand, which amazed the crowd.
The national costume of Rabiya was equally marvelous, though it became the subject of controversy after some netizens bashed her for allegedly violating provisions of the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.
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On the part of Rabiya, the beauty queen said that it took much effort to walk while carrying all 21-kilo weight of her national costume, to the point that she was injured in the process.
Despite the hardships, she carried on with grace and aplomb.
However, fate did not smile on her as she was not able to clinch a spot on the Top 10 contenders for the crown.
Surprisingly, another crowd favorite, Miss Thailand Amanda Obdam also failed to secure a spot on the Top 10.
When the event ended and candidates began to exit the stage, the two, Rabiya and Amanda, were seen holding each other’s hands as they walk off the area with heads held up high.
This goes to prove that true friendship is more important than any type of competition.
Rabiya Occeña Mateo is an Indian-Filipino model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines in 2020. Rabiya was born on born November 14, 1996 to an Indian-American father and a Filipino mother who later separated.
After everyone realized that Philippines’ Miss Universe 2020 candidate Rabiya Mateo did not make it to the Top 10 contenders for the crown, netizens began trooping to social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many other platforms were on fire with crying emojis. On Twitter, beauty queen MJ Lastimosa cried for Rabiya, posting several crying emojis. Many Pinoys also chose to express their support and love for Rabiya online.
After the pageant night, however, it seemed that Rabiya is taking everything in a stride. In a statement she made through a video with Miss Bolivia, she said that her experience in her Miss U journey was filled with excitement and happiness. She also said that she was able to forge friendships with many candidates from other countries. While she was not able to bring home the fifth Miss Universe crown, she was able to clinch a spot in the Top 21.
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