Philippines’ Dindi Pajares to don ‘Poderosa’ national costume at Miss Supranational 2021

20 Aug 2021 | Angelique Reyes

The 12th edition of Miss Supranational, i.e., Miss Supranational 2021 is all set to be held on 21st August 2021 at Strzelecki Park Amphitheater, Nowy Sacz, Malopolska where Miss Supranational 2019 Anntonia Porsild of Thailand will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.

With just a day away from the finale, Miss Supranational Philippines 2021 Dindi Pajares has revealed of her national costume, inspired by ‘The Masquota de Zamboanga’, for the competition. The diva took to her social media to share a preview of her costume as she wrote, “Poderosa, Powerful Lady. Mascota-The inspiration of this Traje is all about women empowerment - as fashion is a highly visible and forceful medium that commands attention and communicates possibilities.”



A Mascota is the traditional wear of the Zamboanguen~as popularly worn in the 1900s. A mascota is made up of SIX elements: corpin~o (silk or cotton slip), candongga (panuelo), renggue (upper garment), sobre falda (tapis), cola (the skirt), and enaguas (inner lining of the skirt). Without just one of these elements, it is not a mascota.

The costume aims to channel the cry for women empowerment, a work of art that would be definitely make everyone stop, look and listen. Zamboanguen~o designer Erin Min~oza believes fashion has often been stigmatized as frivolous and antithetical to feminism; this exhibition is showing the opposite – “challenging stereotypes of what feminism can be.

Erin desires to show diversity, as every race, every ethnicity, every background with the use of intricate details and fabric manipulation that showcase excellent techniques bringing the edge to this creation, encrusted with various crystal beads and shadows of pailletes and adorn with antique small bells that produce sounds and was originally supplied by a group of indigenous women where intentionally used to create resonances in celebration of feminism beyond ethnicity.



The stunning gold headpiece has been designed by Louie Gallego. The attire is a virtuous demonstration of that boldness of what women want to show through their clothing. Through playful and risky combinations of loud colors that speaks for itself, lazer cut out technique for sleeves and panuelo and showcase of interesting embellishment like the wing inspired ornamentation aims to express that women just like feathers are soft yet through this they can soar and fly.

The Miss Supranational Philippines team has displayed womankind and empowerment in a different way. Dindi Pajares’ national costume will definitely be one of the strongest performances at the international platform. The diva is focused and determined towards winning the crown and make her country proud.