Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel was ecstatic after finding out that supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks was wearing one of his creations on an episode of reality model search America's Next Top Model's 18th cycle. Tyra posted a photo of herself in Rajo's gown on her official Twitter account, @TYRABANKS, along with a note saying, "Turnin' a quick tailoring job into #RandomActsofModeling and posin' H2T in my outfit for tonight's #ANTM!"
Three hours later, she followed it up with a tweet saying, "Feelin' the love for the Philippines today--rockin' @rajolaurel on #ANTM tonight and wore Francis Libiran's dress to @PadmaLakshmi's Blossom Ball!"
Rajo took to his blog on StyleBible.ph to express his excitement over the news. "I just saw TYRA BANKS in my GOWN! I am shaking like a leaf as I type this as this feels like a dream! It’s almost surreal! I mean, I just watch the woman on TV, and now SHE IS WEARING MY WORK! I am so grateful to my cousin Mike Carandang for pushing me and urging me and making all this happen! I am so very very very very grateful!" he wrote in a blog entry.
"I am so happy for my team as we really work hard to make Philippine Fashion world class! THANK YOU TYRA!!!!!" he added.
(Flashbox photo of Rajo Laurel courtesy of PEP.ph; screencap courtesy of Rajo's Blog on StyleBible.ph)