Wight Elephant Boutique proprietor dresses Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu

The Wight Elephant Boutique in Greensburg has been experiencing some unanticipated world exposure.

Owner Victoria Piekut’s ties to the pageant planet have given her an opportunity to gown the present Overlook Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu of India.

Sandhu not too long ago sported outfits delivered by Wight Elephant on a trip to South Africa and for the duration of an Aug. 18 visual appearance on “The Day by day Present with Trevor Noah.” The boutique also will gown her for a visit to New York Vogue 7 days, scheduled for Sept. 9-14.

Piekut was named Skip Pennsylvania 2020 and competed that calendar year for the title of Skip United states of america, a precursor to the Pass up Universe levels of competition.

While she went home with out the crown, Piekut did befriend the winner, Asya Branch of Mississippi, and dressed her for a couple of occasions.

“After I passed on the (Overlook Pennsylvania) crown, I type of misplaced speak to with the firm,” Piekut claimed. “Then not long ago I obtained an email from them. Harnaaz was heading to South Africa, and the stylist remembered me.

“She liked the model that we deliver and understood that I had the information and perception into what a girl would want to don in that posture.”

With small advance see, Piekut consulted with her suppliers to supply outfits suited for Skip Universe.


Sandhu traveled to South Africa for that country’s Pass up Universe preliminary on Aug. 13. Wight Elephant delivered her with two journey seems — a plaid bomber jacket and jogger set and a 3-piece blue accommodate with jogger trousers, blazer and crop top — along with khaki trousers and best for a safari tour.

Piekut said she also owns the plaid outfit.

“It’s fashionable, but so snug and fantastic for touring,” she reported. “I get stopped in the airport any time I wear it.”

The blue fit offered out before this yr, but she’ll be bringing it back again for slide.

For “The Each day Present,” Sandhu wore a pink costume that she showed off when educating Noah some Bollywood dance moves.

On the Wight Elephant web site, the polyester/spandex dress is stated for $79 as the “Worthy of It All Crimson Corset Off Shoulder Midi Costume,” with a slit and asymmetrical hem.

Both Sandhu and the Skip Universe group have been sharing the Wight Elephant looks on Instagram and providing credit history to the boutique. Every single has about 5 million followers, Piekut stated.

“We’re getting globally recognition that we truly hadn’t anticipated, but it’s seriously exciting for us as a compact spouse and children-operate enterprise in Greensburg,” she mentioned. “We hope it expands our online existence in serving folks around the world.”

Wight Elephant Boutique started out as an on the web store in 2016, offering every thing from lounge put on to glam seems for a night out. Piekut runs the on line business and storefront with enable from her mom and dad, Jeff and Christine Piekut.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff author. You can call Shirley by e mail at [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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