Since winning the Philippines’ third Miss Universe crown in 2015, Pia Wurtzbach has not stopped adding accolades to her name. And this year, she includes a feature on one of the most prestigious fashion magazines in the world to her long list of achievements. 

Clad in modern ensembles that feature native Filipino fabrics, Wurtzbach stars in Vogue Italia’s autumn-winter editorial ‘Indigenous Futurism.’

According to Vogue Italia, the shoot was inspired by Afrofuturism, a movement that gained traction thru Marvel’s “Black Panther.” It takes a close look at what could’ve been Philippine fashion “if indigenous teachings and culture were at the center.”

“These photographs collect instances of the movement trying to imagine a future where indigenous perspectives are highly visible in the global fashion industry,” the magazine wrote.

Photo by Mj Suayan via Vogue Italia

Photo by Mj Suayan via Vogue Italia

Apart from this, it serves as a catalyst to restart the local fashion industry in the country after the pandemic, Vogue Italia writes. 

Wurtzbach was photographed by talented fashion photographer Mj Suayan, who is “known for his conceptual images that challenge the cliché of beauty as perfection.”

She was styled by Victor Mari Baguilat Jr. in garments created by himself and other Filipino designers: Christine Tiu, Ron Aguro, and Thian Rodriguez. Baguilat was awarded the International Indigenous Designer of the Year during the 2020 edition of the International Indigenous Arts & Fashion Awards in Canada.

To see the rest of the editorial click here.

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Image credit: Vogue Italia’s Official Website