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At the 'Barbie' premiere in London and L.A., Fil-Am actress Ana Cruz Kayne wears the modern Filipiniana


A Filipiniana at the "Barbie" pink carpet events?

We have Fil-Am actress Ana Cruz Kayne to thank for.

Ana, who plays the role of Supreme Court Justice Barbie in the movie, has been paying homage to her Filipino roots at the “Barbie” pink carpet events in Los Angeles in London, wearing modern Filipiniana numbers by fashion designer Dennis Lustico.

At the Los Angeles premiere, Ana wore an all-pink balintawak set, featuring an embellished terno top paired with a glamorous floor-length fringe skirt.

She called it the "dreamiest balintawak" and thanked Dennis for it.

Sharing photos of Ana, Dennis said the actress "specifically requested to wear something Filipino for the big day."

"Terno goes to Hollywood," Dennis proudly said his Instagram post. 

For the movie's European premiere in London meanwhile, Ana donned a nude terno top with slight pops of color through its leaf applique and paired it with mid-length mermaid cut skirt.

“A butterfly in Barbie court,” Dennis wrote on Instagram, which presumably refers to Ana’s butterfly sleeves.

In an interview with The Messenger, Ana said that she felt like she was “honoring my family" and their Filipino heritage through her role in the film.

In one of the movies’ scenes in fact, Ana donned a printed terno dress with butterfly sleeves. 

Filipino viewers couldn’t help but gush over the representation, with one user writing, “are those terno sleeves in the @barbiethemovie ?!?”

Directed by Greta Gerwig, "Barbie" stars Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrara, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, Dua Lipa, and Will Ferrell.

It is finally set to hit Philippine cinemas starting on July 19 after the MTRCB said it found no basis to ban "Barbie" in the Philippines over an alleged depiction of China's nine-dash-line map.

Last month, Vietnam banned "Barbie" from domestic distribution over a scene featuring China's nine-dash-line map.

— Carby Basina/LA, GMA Integrated News
 

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