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Miss Universe Singapore urges people in the U.S. to 'Stop Asian Hate'

 Miss Universe Singapore Bernadette Belle Wu Ong have step up to send a clear message about social issues that most Asian people in the U.S. experienced. 

Last Thursday, May 13, 2021, she chose to embellish her national costume for the Miss Universe 2020 pageant with a message that stole the spotlight.

Ong, 27, who was born in the Philippines, donned a flaming red bikini, high boots and a long cape inspired by Singapore flag with a hand painted words at the back which read: "Stop Asian Hate."

"What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence!"  Ong said on her Instagram post.

"My National Costume is inspired by Singapore’s National Flag — it symbolises unity for all and social harmony in a multi-racial, multi-cultural and inter-religious country," she added.

Ong revealed that her national costume was actually made by Filipino designers,  Arwin Meriales and hand painted by Paulo Espinosa.

"Can you believe that this was made in only 2 days?

"I reached out to Filipino designer @arwin_meriales04 to create a design of my own and he executed!" Ong said.

We are certain that Ong send a powerful statement following the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S. over the past year.

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