LOOK: Michelle Dee Slays at the 72nd Miss Universe Preliminary Competition

In case you missed it, here are some snaps and clips as Michelle Dee slays at the 72nd Miss Universe Preliminary Competition in El Salvador!

Michelle Dee Slays at the 72nd Miss Universe Preliminary Competition

Photos: Miss Universe

Earlier today (November 16/Manila time), Dee competed against 83 other beauty queens in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions as part of the much-anticipated pageant’s preliminary round. The outcome will decide the Top 20 semi-finalists who will advance in the competition, with the coronation night set for November 19 (Manila time).

In the swimsuit competition, Dee sported a red one-piece high-leg bikini with a deep V-neckline by American designer Rubin Singer that highlighted the Philippine bet’s toned physique.

Michelle Dee Slays at the 72nd Miss Universe Preliminary Competition

Photos: Mark Bumgarner / Doc Marlon

As for the evening gown segment, Dee donned an emerald green custom piece by Mark Bumgarner. A tribute to Dee’s mom Melanie Marquez (Miss International 1979), the Filipino designer encrusted the dress with “over 30 thousand different shades of emerald green and black Swarovski crystals.”

“I wanted it to shimmer just like the skin of a green viper; a symbol of wisdom, power, and transformation,” Bumgarner said in his Instagram post. “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.”


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The hue of the 28-year-old’s gown is also reportedly a nod to her advocacy for autism awareness.

Furthermore, the Philippines has reportedly secured a spot in the Top 10 Silver Finalists of Miss Universe’s Voice for Change. From this group, three Gold winners will be chosen.

Congratulations and the best of luck!

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