Bessie Besana is known to many as a pageant mentor and a fashion designer. But before the glitz and glamour, he was a civil engineer working as an expat corporate world for years. However, his creative passion and dreams were far too fabulous to be contained in the boardroom. The sparkle of fashion and the spotlight beckoned this budding designer to take a leap of faith.
Bessie was at the right place, at the right time and with the right girls. In 2005, he enlisted a friend to join Bb. Pilipinas wherein she placed in the semifinals fueling his passion even more. By 2008, Bessie’s passion and expertise grew a hundredfold when he teamed with the country’s premiere beauty pageant camp that produced the historic 4-peat Miss Universe runners-up (Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon, Ariella Arida), Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza.
In 2017, Bessie was appointed as the General Manager of Miss World Philippines.
Much like many of his multi-hyphenate proteges, Bessie set his discerning eye beyond the pageant stage and onto the runway. This time as fashion designer. Since 2015, his clients include the country’s top beauty queens and celebrities including Megan Young, Morissette Amon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Shamcey Supsup-Lee and Pia Wurtzbach. Bessie has presented his collections in New York (2019 & 2018), Stockholm (2017) and Vienna (2016) and has consistently shown in Manila Fashion Festival.