Pakistan's first Miss Universe, Erica Robin, dazzles in gold at historic Cannes debut

Model took to IG with her pictures from the premiere of Demi Moore-starrer horror film ‘The Substance’

Entertainment Desk May 22, 2024

Erica Robin, the trailblazing 24-year-old who holds the title of Miss Universe Pakistan, made a stunning debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Robin graced the red carpet at the premiere of one of the festival's most anticipated films, The Substance, starring the legendary Demi Moore.

Clad in a dazzling gold dress designed by renowned Pakistani fashion designer Nomi Ansari, Robin captivated onlookers and photographers with her elegance and poise. The shimmery ensemble highlighted her stature as a rising star on the global stage, representing both beauty and cultural pride.

Taking to her Instagram account, Robin shared her excitement and gratitude with her followers. “Feeling incredibly honoured and humbled to represent Pakistan on a global stage at the Cannes Film Festival 2024 as the youngest woman and beauty queen to walk on their prestigious red carpet,” she wrote. “I’m grateful for each step on this journey - from my home to Cannes. Thank you for the opportunity and the love.” 

She furthered on, “I am so blessed to be a guest at the premiere of The Substance starring the iconic Demi Moore and especially during my reign as Miss Universe Pakistan.” Robin's presence at Cannes marks a significant milestone for Pakistan, showcasing the country's burgeoning influence in the global fashion and entertainment industries. 

Karachi-born Robin left an indelible mark on the Miss Universe 2023 pageant with her enchanting charisma and glamourous ensembles, relaying the rich cultural traditions of Pakistan. Hosted by El Salvador, the 72nd edition of the annual pageant saw the model secure a position among the top 20 contestants out of over 80 participating countries. However, she did not advance to the top 10.

Previously, Robin had openly stated, “For the first time ever, Pakistan will have a participant in the Miss Universe contest. I'm under a lot of pressure and have a lot of responsibility. However, I won't do anything that would harm the reputation of the country.” 

While women of Pakistani origin have previously participated in local-level beauty pageants held in various countries, Pakistan has never been represented on the Miss Universe stage—until now. In an interview with Voice of America, Erica previously expressed her enthusiasm for the competition, stating that she would be overjoyed if she were to win, proudly proclaiming that “she belongs to Pakistan.”

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