By Medha Sengupta Last Updated:
Pakistan's first-ever Miss Universe candidate, Erica Robin, won everyone's hearts when she not only presented her country on the international platform but also kept her integrity intact with modest outfits. Pakistan is inclined towards the orthodox side of society and appreciates if women wear less revealing clothes. And their representative, Erica Robin, adhered to the country's norms and made it proud.
For the unversed, Miss Universe 2023 was the 72nd edition of the pageant, which was held at the Jose Adolfo Pineda Arena in San Salvador, El Salvador, on November 19, 2023. This year's Miss Universe was revolutionary in many ways, for the first time, the pageant had a plus-size contestant and not one but two Trans women participants. With that, the pageant's rules were altered per the country's traditions, and Pakistan was allowed to wear a modest outfit in the swimsuit round.
Pakistani model, Erica Robin appeared on Aamna Haider Isani’s YouTube channel and shared several insights on the pageant. Erica revealed that she wanted her countrymen to accept and celebrate Miss Universe, which is why she told her designers and the show authorities that she would not wear anything revealing. So, for the swimsuit round, where everyone is supposed to wear a bikini, she donned a ruffled baby pink burkini (burkha + bikini).
Erica revealed that Miss Universe authorities themselves gave her the burkini, and she did not choose the outfit. Erica added that she and the national director informed the authorities that Miss Pakistan will not wear a bikini and the rest was taken care of by the organisation. And Erica did not have any option but to wear the baby pink kaftan, aka burkini.
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Erica Robin revealed that she has been modelling for a few years, and people from her fraternity informed her about the opening for Pakistan’s entry at Miss Universe. She applied for the same and was selected for the Zoom interview with the national director. Twenty females were selected for the pageant and were all ranked using different parameters.
The top 5 Pakistani models were then taken to Maldives for a pageant where they were all judged by the jury and voted by the viewers. The competition winner was crowned as Miss Pakistan and was then sent to Miss Universe directly. Before the final Miss Universe pageant, the national director gave Erica two months of intense training.
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