Barbie or Megan Young? Rabiya Mateo stuns with her behind-the-scenes look for Miss Universe shoot

May 11, 2021 - 11:46 AM
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Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo's behind-the-scenes look for a video shoot of Miss Universe 2020. (Photos from Instagram/rabiyamateo)

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo brought up memories of Miss World 2013 and one of the legendary fashion dolls in pop culture with her look for her official video shoot in the upcoming beauty pageant.

Pictures of the 24-year-old Ilongga surfaced on the Facebook page of the pageant-focused website The Philippine Pageantry on Sunday where she was prettified by makeup artist Derek Muñoz.

“Category is Face. Look at these behind-the-scene photos of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 #RabiyaMateo during her official video shoot for #MissUniverse2020. She is wearing Sherri Hill,” the caption of its post reads.

Rabiya on Instagram also asked Filipinos about their opinions on her look.


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Those who shared their comments on Facebook said that she reminded them of Miss World 2013 Megan Young, the first Filipina to have won the title.

“MEGAN YOUNG VIBES,” a Facebook user wrote in response to Rabiya’s pictures.

“Ka-look alike ni Megan Young,” commented another online user with a heart-eyed emoji.

“Megan Young look alike, so stunning,” a different Filipino wrote.

Megan has been reportedly co-hosting Miss World since winning the title. She is currently married to Kapuso actor Mikael Daez.

Others who commented observed that Rabiya’s look reminded them of Barbie, the famous fashion doll by Mattel Inc.

“Pak, ang ganda!! Galing ng make up artist, paiba-iba ang mukha… Barbie, teh!!” a Facebook user exclaimed.

“Ohhhh… I love this caramel Barbie look of Rabiya. Chameleon indeed,” another online user wrote.

“Human Barbieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee nakakaloka!” a different Filipino exclaimed in awe.

Rabiya, who is set to compete with other 73 candidates for the prestigious title, is the first representative under Miss Universe Philippines which is headed by Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup and beauty queen maker Jonas Gaffud.

Previous candidates were sent by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., which holds the annual Bb. Pilipinas pageant that was won by the likes of Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray.