- Michelle Dee was a huge show-stopper during the evening gown portion of the Miss Universe 2023 preliminaries
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- She showcased her stunning pasarela while donning an emerald green gown designed by renowned Filipino fashion designer Mark Bumgarner
- Mark then took to social media and shared the story behind the couture gown
- He said that the gown was a tribute to Michelle’s mother, Melanie Marquez
Philippine representative Michelle Marquez Dee was an absolute head-turner during the evening gown portion of Miss Universe 2023 preliminary competition yesterday in El Salvador.
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She slayed the runway while wearing an emerald green gown designed by none other than Mark Bumgarner.
Meanwhile, the talented Filipino fashion designer took to social media and shared the story behind the lovely grown.
On Instagram, Mark shared several photos captured when they were bringing the couture gown to life. In the caption, he underscored that the dress was a tribute to Michelle’s mother, Melanie Marquez.
“Miss Universe Philippines evening gown for the Miss Universe Preliminary Evening Gown Competition is a tribute to a Filipina Icon, Melanie Marquez, her mom, who won Miss International in 1979.”
Mark went on to share more details about the stunning gown.
“This evening gown is encrusted with over 30,000 swarovski crystals and different shades of emerald green and black. I wanted it to shimmer just like a skin of a green viper; a symbol of wisdom, power, and transformation.”
“Cutouts are strategically placed to give it a modern touch, and a cinched waist. A high neckline, power shoulders, and a column silhouette to give it an elegant look.”
Furthermore, the renowned designer penned a sweet message to Michelle about her commendable performance during the pageant's preliminaries.
“Thank you @michelledee for a powerful performance tonight!!! You looked amazing and we are excited for you come finals night!!! Maraming salamat! MICHELLE MARQUEZ DEE, FILIPINAS!!”
Michelle Marquez Dee is a beauty queen who rose to fame after winning the Miss Universe Philippines 2023 pageant. She represents the Philippines at the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador. Michelle’s mother is actress and former beauty queen Melanie Marquez.
Michelle was definitely a stunner in the swimsuit competition of Miss Universe 2023 preliminaries. She showcased her smooth pasarela while wearing a sparkling red one-piece swimwear. The country's bet and the other delegates donned beautiful swimsuits by fashion designer Rubin Singer. A video of Michelle's performance during the said round then made the rounds on social media.
Michelle Dee was a show-stopper during the evening gown portion of the Miss Universe 2023 preliminary competition. The country’s bet turned heads while donning a sparkling gown by Mark Bumgarner. The Miss Universe Philippines organization then took to its social media page to share a clip of Michelle’s performance. The organization also posted a stunning video of the beauty queen flexing the couture gown.
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