Oliver Tolentino designs a Darna-inspired costume for Miss Universe PH 2022 Celeste Cortesi

The costume is styled with a headpiece and metal accessories by Jerome Navarro

Mighty and empowered, Celeste Cortesi’s national costume at the Miss Universe 2022 pageant is inspired by Filipino superheroine Darna. Filipino fashion designer Oliver Tolentino crafted the elaborate garb, paired with a headpiece and metal accessories by Jerome Navarro.

Fashion designer Oliver Tolentino and Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi

Much like the costume of the Filipino comic book character, Celeste’s costume features the iconic red and gold colors. A gold headgear and backpiece that looks like the sun in the Philippine flag completed her national costume. 

JRB Creative Production, one of the teams behind ABS-CBN’s “Mars Ravelo's Darna” series, expresses is gratitude to the 25-year-old beauty queen for “championing Darna on the world stage through the 71st Miss Universe national costume competition.”

“The Ravelo Family extends their full support, gratitude, and excitement to show Darna to a global audience through our country’s official Miss Universe representative,” JRB Creative Production shared on its social media pages. “We hope that, like our beloved Filipino superheroine, Celeste will continue to serve as a source of inspiration and empowerment for women all around the world.”

The brainchild of the imaginations of writer Mars Ravelo and artist Nestor Redondo, Darna has been flying and inspiring Filipinos since she first graced the komiks scene in 1950. She has since spawned such a great cult following, cementing her royal status in Pinoy pop culture as the ultimate Filipina hero.

Are you loving Celeste’s take on Darna? You might want to check out more national costumes donned by Filipina beauties at the Miss Universe pageant here.

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