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Bikini - Suiteblanco, SM Aura Premier
Earrings and bracelet - Uno de 50, SM Aura Premier

Summer in August: Ariella Arida in stunning swimwear

By Kai Magsanoc for Yahoo Southeast Asia

Miss Universe 2013 Third Runner-Up Ariella Arida topped the beauty pageant's swimwear competition for obvious reasons: she worked hard to get her entire body — arms, abs, legs — toned, and the red bikini she wore complemented her morena skin really well.

It's August, and the summer season is over. We've battled quite a number of storms since the rainy season began. But in a country like the Philippines when the weather can be hot and humid when it's not raining, people and families still hit the pools and go to resorts to cool off. (Hence the joke that, in the Philippines, the two seasons are "summer" and "almost summer"!)

Ariella models swimwear perfect for morena skin, and shows off the physique that called the universe's attention. She has relinquished her Miss Universe-Philippines crown to MJ Lastimosa, but continues to show us the stuff beauty queens are made of.

Photography: Rxandy Capinpin
Styling: Kai Magsanoc
Makeup: Myr Lim of Make-Up Designory Philippines
Hair: Raquel Panes of Make-Up Designory Philippines
Location: Marco Polo Ortigas

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