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LOOK: MJ Lastimosa's Filipino-made gown at Miss Universe rehearsals

Miss Philippines Mary Jean "MJ" Lastimosa wore a different gown during the Miss Universe rehearsals in Miami, Florida, and this fact made a few pageant fans wonder if the results would have been different if she had chosen to wear the Pinoy-made dress instead. 
According to a post by Instagram account @missuniversephilippines, Lastimosa was choosing between her white Alfredo Barazza gown and a body-hugging fully-sequined pink mermaid-cut dress by Filipino designer Leo Almodal. 
Lastimosa wore the Almodal gown during the rehearsals, since the white gown was still being altered. 

Elegant and Gorgeous Miss Universe Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa @mj_lastimosa wearing @leoalmodal during the rehersals ???????????? #missuniverse

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This was @leoalmodal gown that we saw Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa @mj_lastimosa Wore at the end of the dress rehearsals. The altered white gown is being adjusted (too tight) so let's see which one she will wear in the #missuniverse finals tonight! Either way, she's confidently beautiful and deserves the title Miss Universe tittle. What to do you think? White or pink? #queen #usa #pinoy #philippines #america #amazing #doral #doralmiami #filipino #forthephilippines #filipinas #gorgeous #labanpilipinas #beautiful #beautyqueen #mjalltheway #mjlastimosa #missuniverse #missuniverse2014 #missuniverso #missuniversephilippines #pray #futuremissuniverse #florida #miami #miamibeach #missphilippines #confidentlybeautiful #mjformissuniverse

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In the end, Lastimosa wore the white gown by the Colombian designer, as altered by Filipino designer Veejay Floresca. 

However, netizens pointed out that Lastimosa should have worn a Filipino creation and blamed Binibining Pilipinas organization head Stella Marquez-Araneta for allowing the Miss Philippines candidate to wear a foreign-made gown and asked her to step down from her post. 
The pink gown Lastimosa wore during the rehearsals was not the first instance Lastimosa donned an Almodal creation. 
She recenty posted on her Instagram account @mj_lastimosa a photo of her in a red Almodal gown. 

Thanks to @giofloresmakeup @leoalmodal ???????????? #ConfidentlyBeautiful #KagandahangFlores

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One month ago, Almodal also posted on his Instagram account a photo of Lastimosa wearing a white gown from his bridal collection—similar to the one that the beauty queen wore during the pageant. 

Almodal has dressed Filipina beauty queens such as Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj, Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, and Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up Ariella Arida. He also made a dress for Miss World 2013 Megan Young.  
Aside from beauty queens, he has also dressed celebrities like Marian Rivera and Heart Evangelista. — Trisha Macas/VC/KG, GMA News