Back in 2003, Bb. Pilipinas-World 2003 Ma. Rafaela “Mafae” Verdadero Yunon gave the Philippines much reason to hope for its first Miss World crown. In Sanya, China, she wasn’t only one of the top favorites going into the finals, she was also one of the most stylish ladies in the batch. From Day 1, everyone saw how meticulously-prepared her wardrobe was as she often appeared in every activity garbed in sophisticated attires.
And as we all know by now, she reserved her biggest fashion surprise on coronation night when she appeared onstage garbed in a fab flaming red Versace gown matched with killer red heels that naturally made heads turn. She made Top 10 and Top 5. While everyone was expecting that she would reach Top 3 at least (it seemed like the crown was already earmarked for Ireland’s Rosanna Davison at the time), she was stopped in her tracks and had to be contended with a spot in the final quintet.
In my mind, Mafae remains to be one of the genuine fashionistas among all our Bb. Pilipinas winners. That may sound like a big statement, but to date, she has always been a joy to watch even in her most dressed-down self. No fashion police will score her low on almost any given public appearance. 😉