Katherine Espin of Ecuador won the coveted crown of Miss Earth 2016. She brought to Ecuador its second Miss Earth victory, following Olga Olava’s surpise victory in 2011.
Katherine was a favorite since the start of the competition. She competed during the finals night wearing a bright canary yellow evening gown designed by Philippine-based designer Leo Almodal. The designer was also responsible for the winning gowns during the 2014 and 2015 edition of Miss Earth, all worn by the Philippine delegates.
Katherine wore a canary yellow gown which featured a sequined fit-to-flare style. The gown also has chiffon falls and nude illusion side torso insets.
Yellow is not a common color among pageant gowns. It’s a risque color as you may go hit or miss with it.
But Katherine’s yellow gown actually popped on stage, a sharp contrast to the stage’s dark hued background. Plus, yellow complements Katherine’s complexion and dark hair color.
The gown’s column silhouette, chiffon drapings and sweetheart neckline are the makings of a pageant gown. In Katherine’s gown, nothing is extraordinary or unique.
But the detailing of the gown, especially the array of red and yellow crystals studded on the gown’s bodice, made it extraordinary.
The chiffon drapings added the flare and drama all needed to standout in a sea of beauties all vying for the crown.
While the reigning Miss Earth 2016 looked gorgeous with the gown, I just wish that those side nude insets had not been there and the entire gown was paillette covered. The cutout bodice and heavy array of detailing made the gown borderline costume-y and did not exude much elegance. But Katherine made it work at the gown was quite an impacting gown and she did make a very dramatic entrance during the finals night.