On August 13, thousands tuned into the 66th Annual America’s Miss World as 2016 winner Audra Mari passed the coveted crown on to her successor, Savvy Shields.
What they may not have known was that the crown was designed by one of the judges of this year’s pageant, a Filipino-American who goes by the name JEFRË.
Born Jefre Manuel Figueras, his designs come from “a deep understanding of the historical, environmental, social and contextual relationships that influence the site and the architecture”. In 2008, he launched his own studio, and has since been recognized for both his interactive designs as well as public art projects.
JEFRË’s latest work is made of metal and several gemstones such as white sapphires, hyro blue sapphires, white gold, and silver. Its structure was inspired by the Fil-Am’s longtime fascination with maps and globes.
But the crown intends to be more than just a pretty headpiece. According to event organizer Elizabeth Safrit, “The shape that JEFRË created is powerful because it represents so many different parts of the world: unique yet united.” She adds, “This crown is a reminder to our titleholder, organization, and anyone who looks at the design that she is a representation of the world as a whole and all who inhabit it.”
Talk about beauty with a purpose! Congrats to both Ms. Shields and JEFRË!
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