There’s no more interesting woman in the world—the universe, rather—at the moment than Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe, confidently beautiful lady, world-class Filipina, and most recently, the muse of many creatives, both budding and established, from all over [related: Artsy Cool: World Class Pia Wurtzbach Portraits that are as Spellbinding as the Beauty Queen]. But if there’s one masterpiece we can’t get enough of, it’s this one we discovered that would allow us to relive Pia’s most memorable moments by getting to play stylist and dressing her up—her paper doll version, that is.
Created by Kenji Nuñez, an artist through and through and a creative director by profession, the Pia Doll depicts the beauty queen’s Miss Universe look and pose (natural makeup and sleek updo) and features four outfits: Her striped swimwear, an embellished semi-formal, her intricate national costume, and her iconic royal blue gown by Dubai-based Filipino designer Albert Andrada. Of course it comes complete with her Miss Universe crown, sashes, a bouquet of flowers, and yes, even that infamous results card.
“I simply had to capture that monumental moment through my art, it was my tribute to Pia and her amazing moment. Second, the fabulous clothes! I mean, it's perfect to make paper dolls inspired by her iconic wardrobe during the pageant—everybody now knows that beautiful royal blue gown,” shares Nuñez, who made the Pia Doll available online and free for download. It took him less than a week to finish the paper doll (he was actually on a Japan trip for the most part and is very thankful for tablets because his made it easy for him to work on the illustration anytime, anywhere), also taking into consideration the requests and comments of netizens. “I love how social media played a great role in making this as perfect as I can,” he says. His Pia Doll was an instant hit, getting 100 downloads/shares the day he posted it. “I'm super happy that people appreciated my work and the idea behind it.”
Photographs from a fan who downloaded the Pia Doll and displayed it on his desk
Nuñez has been making paper dolls since high school, his first masterpieces being original superhero characters fully equipped with weapons; last year, he gained a lot of attention when he made paper dolls of local celebrities. “As an artist I love the process of bringing to life the ideas I have in my head into actual beautiful illustrations,” he notes.
With the popularity of the Pia Doll, Nuñez has also been getting requests to do paper doll versions of the other Miss Universe 2015 candidates. “I got a request to do all 79 candidates. I would love to do that but we know that's kinda impossible *laughs*. I might make Miss Colombia, USA, and Bulgaria, because [they're the most requested].” He is also currently working on paper dolls of iconic divas and a fashion icon series.
Besides the fact that she brought home a very important win for the country, what truly endeared Pia to Nuñez is her determination. “She is basically the poster girl for hope if you ask me—she tried her luck in Binibining Pilipinas three times and she finally bagged the Miss Universe crown. She said it herself: She is ‘confidently beautiful with a heart’ which manifested in the way she handled the crowning [fiasco].”
Just as determined as Pia is, Nuñez is fully committed to creating beautiful art that inspires, entertains, and makes a difference in people’s lives. “Introducing the traditional way of playing to today's youth is actually a good way to bridge two generations and create a great bonding moment. I get a lot of messages from moms who are super happy that they can share the joy of playing paper dolls with their kids today.”
For more lifestyle stories and updates on Pia and her homecoming, check out #PiaWurtzbachinManila here and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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Photographs courtesy of Kenji Nuñez