Celeste Cortesi Slays in Her Looks at the Miss Universe Preliminary Competition

Celeste Cortesi Miss Universe Preliminary

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It’s only the preliminary competition at the Miss Universe but Celeste Cortesi is already slaying it.

The Philippine bet looked good in her swimsuit, evening gown, and national costume.

In the swimsuit competition, Cortesi wore a pink two-piece with a cape. While walking, she was described as a “25-year-old model with an interest in real estate but nothing is more important to her than the work she does in a poor rural community educating parents on how to raise and feed their children.”

In the evening gown segment, Cortesi donned a sky-blue number designed by Oliver Tolentino. The hosts mentioned her love of travel and her support of mental health.

Lastly, Cortesi came out as Darna during the national costume show, wearing a red outfit and boots also designed by Tolentino. The headpiece and select accessories were designed by Jerome Navarro.

According to the voiceover, “Darna is the ultimate Filipina superhero and part of this country’s pop culture. She transforms from an ordinary woman with the help of a white stone, standing up for those who cannot defend themselves. Have no fear ’cause Darna is here in the Philippines.”

The preliminary competition was hosted by news anchor Randi Rousseau and Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu.

Fast facts

Cortesi is a 25-year-old Filipino-Italian model. She has a Filipino mother and an Italian father and was born on December 15, 1997, in Rome, Italy. The Miss Universe pageant is not her first win. She was also crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2018. Cortesi has modeled for fashion shows both in Italy and the Philippines.

The Miss Universe pageant will be held on January 14, 2023, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in Louisiana, USA.

If Cortesi wins, she will be the fifth Filipino to win the Miss Universe title, following Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, Pia Wurtzbach, and Catriona Gray.

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