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'Nanunuklaw!': Internet raves over Michelle Dee's snakelike Miss Universe 2023 evening gown

MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe Philippines Michelle Dee had a stellar performance during the preliminary competition of the 72nd Miss Universe pageant held in El Salvador.

Michelle had a strong start with her introduction and a blazing swimsuit walk, and wrapping the night in a bow was her strutting down the stage wearing an emerald gown designed by Mark Bumgarner.

The green dress was an homage to Michelle's mother Melanie Marquez, who wore the same color when she was crowned Miss International 1979, and to the iconic "snake walk" coined by pageants for the pasarela of both beauty queens.

The snakelike qualities of the gown caught the attention of Internet users, many of them pointing out that it strengthened Michelle's chances for the finals on November 18 (the 19th in the Philippines).

Grabe ka Michelle Dee!! Nanunuklaw! ????
#MissUniverse2023 ????????

michelle dee is OWNING both green and red. and let’s talk abt how she can also look powerful, confident, and stunning whilst sporting both faces???? OMG#MichelleDee #mmdverse #MMD #MissUniversePhilippines2023 #MissUniverse2023 #72ndMissUniverse #ForDEEUniverse #MissUniverse

"Grabe ka Michelle Dee!! Nanunuklaw!" said one user on X, formerly known as Twitter, while another said "From DORA to VALENTINA realness!"

Another user raved over Michelle pulling off a green dress and red swimsuit, appearing powerful, confident, and stunning with different looks on her face.

One more exclamatory remark by an X user went, "SINALAKSAK NG BONGGANG-BONGGA! NGA-NGA!!!!" 

Here are several more online reactions to Michelle's evening gown:


where can i watch this??? OMG!!! look at her gown. look at how she carries herself. michelle dee is simply rocking this!!!#MichelleDee #mmdverse #MMD #MissUniversePhilippines2023 #MissUniverse2023 #72ndMissUniverse #ForDEEUniverse #MissUniverse

In a sea of outdated evening gowns, Michelle Dee's edgy but super classy Mark Bumgarner masterpiece is a standout...reminds me of The Crazy Rich