Miss Philippines Ariella Arida has been invited to attend internationally renowned culinary expert, Chef Nobu's Moscow Demo Show on 6 November, a day after Miss Universe 2013 preliminaries.
The 24-year-old is one of the hot favourites to win the crown, and Nobu is one of the judges for the 62nd annual Miss Universe 2013 pageant to be held on 9 November.
Along with Arida, Miss Universe 2012 title-holder Olivia Culpo and Miss Universe 2013 candidates from Japan, Peru, Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, and France are also picked up for the event.
Arida stood out from the other candidates during the Tony Ward Couture Fashion Show, and appeared twice on the ramp in the designer's ensemble. She was one of the five beauties, out of the 89 contestants, chosen for the television advertisement of luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz. She also impressed all, during the photo shoot for Italian lingerie brand, Yamamay, taken by New York-based Fashion Photographer Fadil Berisha, and bagged the top prize.
Recently, she also received huge support from previous pageant winner Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz. The 66-year-old, the first Filipino to win the crown, said Arida has all the qualities for winning the title.
"I think she is beautiful. She's got everything, she's a true Filipina. She's very exotic in a positive way, she's tall. She's beautiful. Pero tayong mga Pilipino, na-spoil na eh. Kapag first runner-up, talo. No, they are all winners," she told ABS-CBN News in an interview.