The Recipient of Miss Universe Bulgaria’s Evening Dress Wore It to Prom

Miss Bulgaria recently competed in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant. (Photo: Getty Images)
Miss Bulgaria recently competed in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant. (Photo: Getty Images)

Miss Bulgaria 2016, Violina Ancheva, didn’t take home the top prize at the 65th Miss Universe pageant in January, but she still might have helped someone else secure her very own crown — at a high school prom, that is.

After the competition ended, Ancheva decided to gift her evening gown, a blue Sherri Hill ensemble featuring a full skirt and a crop top, to a teen in a need of a prom dress. She posted a note on Facebook to her followers in the Philippines — where the pageant was held — urging someone to send her a personal message before she left the country.

Out of the thousands of responses she received, Ancheva selected 15-year-old Zhyra Nicole Cifra, the daughter of single mother of two, Issay Gallano. Cifra’s mother sent a message to Ancheva explaining that she was struggling to obtain funds to purchase her daughter a prom dress, and the two met to exchange the dress after her daughter was selected as the lucky recipient.

Ancheva recently posted a collage of her wearing the dress alongside Cifra modeling the dress at her prom and noted how excited she was for the teen to have attended the event, which took place on Friday night in the Philippines.

Zhyra looked stunning in the dress, and it appeared to fit her perfectly. “Today is a big day for me! It’s Zhyra’s prom – the beautiful filipina that was chosen to wear the dress I was wearing on Miss Universe pageant! I am so excited! Good luck, Zhyra! Bulgaria loves Philippines,” she captioned the image.

When Zhyra received the dress in January, her mother posted a shot of her modeling it on Facebook in which she looked overjoyed.

Regardless of whether she was made prom princess, Zhyra was certainly outfitted like a princess.

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