Pinoy Power at Miss Universe 2015

DORAL, Fla. – In just a few days, the new 2015 Miss Universe winner will be crowned at Florida International University in Miami and Filipinos play a part in making the search a success.

Filipino American designer Kirsten Regalado, whose popular clients include family members of the famed fashion house Gucci, has been dressing local beauty queens in Florida for 10 years now.

On pageant night, Miss Mauritius, Pallavi Gungaram, will be wearing this poinsettia-inspired dress designed by Regalado.

“I’d like to thank you Kirsten for this wonderful gown,” said Gungaram. “It doesn’t only make me look beautiful — I feel beautiful.”

Miss Australia decided to wear one of Regalado’s designs after seeing Kirsten wear one of her own collections in a pre-pageant event.

“So I sent her one long gown and two cocktail dresses. She wore these accessories and posted the pictures on Twitter,” said Regaldo.

“ No one knows I’m Filipino,” she added. “So I’ll be in the mall and I”ll hurt myself and I’m like, ‘Aray!’ And somebody would turn around to ask, ‘Are you Filipino?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes I am, are you?”

Filipino Native American Fame Tabares’ Instagram photos and selfies with Miss Universe candidates have gone viral.

As a make-up artist, Tabares has an all access pass to the candidate’s dressing rooms.

“After I’ve done their makeup, they love it so much,” said Tabares. “They’re like, oh let’s take a selfie. So most of the selfies that you see were taken on their phone.”

This year’s roster of judges got more interesting with people’s champ Manny Pacquiao thrown in the mix.

“What you need is beauty and talent,” said Pacquiao. “Beauty and talent, I’m sure our Philippines representative has something to show.”

But for Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa, her secret to success is her Filipino fans.

“I cannot compare the Filipino fans with any other fans,” said Lastimosa. “I claim it. They are the best fans that Miss Universe could ever have.”

The Miss Universe 2015 pageant airs on live in the U.S. on Sunday Jan. 25.

You can contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @dontagala for more information.

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