Hidilyn Diaz marked her 31st birthday with a photoshoot. The Olympic gold medalist is also spending her natal day with her loved ones in the Philippines.
"I want my 31st birthday to be extra special. I had been celebrating my birthday outside the country since 2019, it’s my first time again to celebrate my birthday with friends, family, and fans," she posted on her Instagram page.
Hidilyn continued, "To make it extra special I had a photoshoot taken by @imjulius , cosplay Luisa Madrigal of Encanto Movie (pero parang si Isabel ako dito 😊)."
The athlete shared that her outfit for her cosplay was made from sustainable materials.
"[It's a] special dress made by @trudelizares and made of 100% sustainable organic pure silk cocoon handwoven and hand-dyed by the locals in the Visayas," she relayed. Hidilyn concluded her birthday post with an inspiring message saying, "Life is beautiful, keep smiling, and inspiring. Thank God for everything."
Hidilyn is the first Filipino to bag an Olympic gold medal after she won the women's 55kg weightlifting competition at Tokyo 2020.
After her historic win at the Olympics, Hidilyn marked a new chapter in her personal life. In October 2021, she announced her engagement to her boyfriend and coach Julius Naranjo.