Miss universe national costume competition: The Miss Universe National Costume Show’s Best Costumes

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The Miss Universe National Costume Show’s Best Costumes

Miss Cameroon 2020, Kossinda Angele, looked like she was straight out of “The Lion King” on Broadway.

Kossinda Angele.

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Angele’s outfit, which she wore because lions are seen as the national animal of Cameroon according to her Instagram, was designed by Kennedy Jhon Gasper.

Miss Cayman Islands 2020, Mariah Tibbett, wore a circular ombré headpiece that looked like a sunset.

Mariah Tibbetts.

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Her outfit was described as a “sunset story” by designer Danielle Alexis.

Amanda Petri, Miss Denmark 2020, certainly stood out in this giant, feathery, neon pink ensemble.

Amanda Petri.

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Her costume was designed by Neftali Jahaziel Espinoza and Diseñador Stalyn Nuñez, and was inspired by the original Danish fairytale, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Miss Colombia 2020, Laura Olascuaga, wore an elaborate orange costume that was inspired by indigenous Wayuu women.

Laura Olascuaga.

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The costume was named “The Goddess of the Makuira” and was designed by Blanca Fernandez Aikaa.

Miss El Salvador 2020, Vanessa Velásquez, was a living, breathing flower bush.

Vanessa Velásquez.

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It also looks like there are some parrots hiding amongst the blossoms.

Eden Berandoive, Miss Haiti 2020, carried an entire fortress.

Eden Berandoive.

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Her costume was a nod to the Citadelle Laferrière, a mountain fortress in northern Haiti. Her headpiece also contained a palm tree, the Haitian flag, and more national symbols.

Miss Jamaica 2020 Miqueal-Symone Williams’ giant flowers were nods to her country’s national flower, the Lignum vitae.

Miqueal-Symone Williams.

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In Latin, “Lignum vitae” means “wood of life.” The flowers grow on the trees of the same name — the tree is one of the most useful in the world.

Miss Malaysia 2020, Francisca Luhong James, carried a full house.

Francisca Luhong James.

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James’ costume was inspired by the rural homes in her native country.

Miss Mexico 2020, Andrea Meza — who went on to win the entire competition — was a fierce dragon.

Andrea Meza.

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Her costume almost looked like an alebrije — you might recognize that as the “spirit animals” in Pixar’s “Coco.”

Anshika Sharma, Miss Nepal 2020, walked the runway with a cutout of Mount Everest and traditional Nepalese prayer flags.

Anshika Sharma.

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The white jacket paid tribute to Nepal’s legendary sherpas, who traditionally serve as guides for Mount Everest expeditions.

Miss Panama 2020, Carmen Jaramillo, channeled a shipwreck, with netting, seashells, and an anchor.

Carmen Jaramillo.

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Her costume was named “La Niña, La Pinta, y La Santa María,” after the ships of Christopher Columbus that landed in 1492.

Estefanía Natalia Soto Torres, Miss Puerto Rico 2020, had the entire zodiac on her back.

Estefanía Natalia Soto Torres.

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Clearly, astrology is important to her.

Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst, channeled two American icons: the Statue of Liberty and Sandra Bullock in “Miss Congeniality.”

Miss USA Cheslie Kryst during the National Costume Contest.

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In 2019, Miss USA told the New York Post that her costume, which was designed by Martin Izquierdo, pays homage to Rosie the Riveter, Maya Angelou, Lady Justice, and the statue herself, Lady Liberty.

However, it also seems like a clear reference to 2000 film, “Miss Congeniality,” in which Sandra Bullock plays an FBI agent going undercover at a pageant. In one of the scenes, the pageant contestants all dress up as Lady Liberty, complete with torches and crowns.

Miss El Salvador 2019, Zuleika Soler, walked the runway in a skirt depicting an El Salvadoran town.

Miss El Salvador at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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It included symbols of El Salvador, including the national bird, the Torogoz.

Miss Vietnam, Hoàng Thùy, paid homage to Vietnamese iced coffee with her costume.

Miss Vietnam at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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The headpiece is a phin filter, which is what Vietnamese people use to brew their famous coffee.

In honor of Canada’s nationwide legalization of marijuana, Miss Canada 2019, Alyssa Boston, wore a giant weed leaf.

Miss Canada at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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Canada legalized recreational marijuana across the country in October 2018.

Miss Laos 2019, Vichitta Phonevilay, had perhaps the most elaborate costume of the night.

Miss Laos at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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Phonevilay’s costume was a giant mechanical elephant emblazoned with the phrase “Stop Fire Save Amazon,” which represents the country’s national animal while raising awareness for the wildfires that have been devastating the Amazon rainforest that year.

Miss Brazil 2019, Julia Horta, donned a glammed-out soccer uniform and golden wings.

Miss Brazil at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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Her jersey is No. 10, to honor Brazilian soccer legend Marta, who led the team in that year’s World Cup.

Horta also walked the runway with a banner reading “Stop Violence Against Women.”

Miss British Virgin Islands 2019 Bria Smith’s dress was an upside-down tree.

Miss British Virgin Islands at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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According to Twitter, the dress had elements of the country’s national tree and national flower. The British Virgin Islands’ national tree is the white cedar tree (the bottom of the dress), and the national flower is the white cedar flower — aka the flowers that grow on the white cedar tree (the top of her dress).

Miss Chile 2019, Geraldine González, had an unusual accessory: a giant cherry.

Miss Chile at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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Chile is known for its cherries. Their season is from October to January, making Chilean cherries popular during the holiday season, especially due to their deep red color.

Miss Cambodia 2019, Somnang Alyna, said her costume was inspired by Princess Indra Devi, who lived in the 12th century.

Miss Cambodia at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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Alyna shared the inspiration on Instagram. Devi was thought to have been a “worthy military strategist,” as well as a poet and professor.

Miss India 2019 Vartika Singh’s costume is extremely elaborate.

Miss India at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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Singh’s costume honored India’s beautiful textile crafts.

Miss Malaysia 2019, Shweta Sekhon, balanced a full dinner table as part of her costume.

Miss Malaysia wore a floral costume during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

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According to Heavy, the costume “weighs over 60 pounds and features a table of traditional Malaysian food called kuih-muih, including onde-onde, kuih talam, red eggs, ang ku kuih.”

Miss Universe Thailand 2018, Sophida Kanchanarin, paid homage to her country’s national animal, the elephant.

Miss Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin displays her costume during Miss Universe National Costume Show in Chon Buri, Thailand Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

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The Miss Universe pageant was held in Bangkok, Thailand two years ago.

Miss Universe India 2018, Nehal Chudasama, carried around a portable throne on her back.

Miss India Nehal Chudasama displays her costume during Miss Universe National Costume Show in Chon Buri, Thailand Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

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The costume weighed 105 pounds.

Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2018 Kiara Ortega’s costume featured three pairs of hands and a star headpiece.

Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega displays her costume during Miss Universe National Costume Show in Chon Buri, Thailand Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

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Her costume was meant to represent the people of Puerto Rico rebounding after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Miss Universe Singapore 2018 Zahra Khanum’s costume referenced the summit in Singapore between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and American president Donald Trump.

Miss Singapore Zahra Khanum displays her costume during Miss Universe National Costume Show in Chon Buri, Thailand Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

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The dress’s designer said the dress represented “world peace,” but the internet wasn’t so sure.

Miss Universe Laos 2018, On-anong Homsombath, carried two additional figures with her.

Miss Universe Laos 2018 On-anong Homsombath.

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Homsombath was the second-ever representative from Laos at Miss Universe.

Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady’s Transformers-inspired costume made a statement.

Miss USA Erin Brady presents her outfit, during the national costume show at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Beauties will compete for the title of Miss Universe in Moscow on Nov. 9.

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The costume is a patriotic Optimus Prime.

Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, rocked a dress inspired by a tuk tuk.

Miss Thailand 2015 Aniporn Chalermburanawong.

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A tuk tuk is the most famous symbol of transportation in Thailand. It’s a three-wheeled motorized scooter/taxi hybrid with no windows or doors.

Htet Htet Htun, Miss Myanmar 2016, wore a costume depicting traditional Burmese puppetry.

Miss Myanmar 2016 Htet Htet Htun.

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Puppetry has been integral to Myanmarese culture for thousands of years, dating all the way back to the 15th century — and some legends date it even further back to the 11th century.

Miss Canada 2014, Chanel Beckenlehner, wore a hockey-inspired ensemble, complete with a scoreboard.

Miss Canada, Chanel Beckenlehner, poses for the judges wearing a hockey-themed costume during the national costume show at the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

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“Hockey is basically the heartbeat of Canada,” said the costume’s designer Alex Kavanagh to Sportsnet in 2015.

Miss Panama 2016 Keity Drennan’s costume looked like a piece of art.

Miss Panama Keity Drennan 2016.

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The elaborate outfit featured two statues.

Miss Guyana 2016, Soyini Fraser, paid homage to her tropical country by wearing a palm tree-inspired headdress.

Miss Guyana 2016 Soyini Fraser.

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Fraser didn’t place in Miss Universe, but she did win Miss United Nations in 2012.

Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez, wasn’t shy about her love for red, white, and blue.

Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez.

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Having worked at Hong Kong Disney, Sanchez is no stranger to wearing costumes. 

Miss Dominican Republic 2007, Massiel Taveras, shouldered two massive dolphins and a coral headpiece.

Miss Dominican Republic 2007 Massiel Taveras.

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Dolphins are a frequent sight in the blue waters of the Dominican Republic.

Miss Sweden 2016, Ida Ovmar, paid homage to Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s creation Pippi Longstocking, complete with her own horse.

Miss Sweden 2016 Ida Ovmar.

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“Pippi Longstocking” is one of the most well-known pieces of Swedish literature — or any literature.

Miss Finland 2005, Hanna Poulsen (then Ek), channeled Elsa from “Frozen” eight years before it was released.

Miss Finland 2005 Hanna Poulsen.

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Dressing up as Elsa is something even Kristen Bell, who voiced Elsa’s “Frozen” counterpart, Anna, in the film, can relate to.

Avanti Marianne Page, Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2014, wore a vibrantly colored costume.

Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2014 Avanti Marianne Page.

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Page’s costume was inspired by Sri Lankan guard stones.

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Miss Argentina, Alina Luz Akselrad, wore a bedazzled soccer uniform to the show.

Miss Argentina at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Claudia Viera designed Akselrad’s outfit, which was inspired by an actual Aregentian soccer uniform, according to the Miss Argentina Instagram page.

Akselrad, 23, is a Harvard graduate, author, and runs an anti-bullying campaign. 

She also hosts a radio show with her mother and co-hosts a style television show.

Helen Hernandez, Miss Aruba, wore a glittery, see-through bodysuit and clear headpiece that looked like water.

Miss Aruba at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Richard Ramirez designed the “Goddess of the Sea” ensemble.

Hernandez, 20, is a college student and aspiring sommelier.

She can also speak four languages and volunteers for mental health advocacy. 

Shauntae Miller, who represents the Bahamas, wore a bedazzled captain’s uniform and walked with an intricate cruise setup behind her.

Miss Bahamas at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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The 28-year-old Miss Bahamas is a student-coach for a nonprofit, using her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Her costume was a tribute to Bahamasair, according to the Miss Bahamas Instagram.

Miss Barbados, Hillary-Ann Williams, wore a mesh, sequined bodice and headpiece with a feathered cape.

Miss Barbados at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Williams, 25, became a “very vocal advocate in the fight to end the cycle of abuse for all women” after she experienced gender-based violence, according to the Miss Universe website. 

“It represents the beauty and the warmth of our island and culture, from the crashing waves to the warmth of the sun,” Williams told Insider of her costume. “I am the goddess of Barbados.”

Lenka Nermer, Miss Bolivia, chose a layered, rainbow look that she paired with a matching headpiece.

Miss Bolivia at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Nemer performed a traditional Bolivian dance in her outfit, which had 42 skirts and was designed by QHAPAQ_ÑAN_ART, according to Nemer’s Instagram.

Nemer, 24, works as an “advocate against hunger and violence around the world,” according to the Miss Universe website. 

She also founded “Huertos Urbanos Bolivia,” an organization dedicated to educating people about food insecurity. 

Miss Brazil’s outfit was entirely sheer aside from glitter covering her bikini areas. She paired the daring bodysuit with a train made to look like cotton.

Miss Brazil at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Julia Gama, 27, is an actress, making history as the first Brazilian actress to work in the Chinese film industry.

She also does volunteer work for children with cleft lips and palates.

Atelier Michelly designed Gama’s costume.

Miss British Virgin Islands, Shabree Frett, dressed as a flamingo, wearing a feathered dress and headpiece, complete with flamingo head on it.

Miss British Virgin Islands at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Frett, 24, studied communicative sciences and disorders at Alabama A&M University.

She founded “Lend A Hand BVI,” an organization that helps families in need.

Miss Cameroon, Kossinda Angele, wore a two-piece with an elaborate cape and headpiece, both of which were adorned with lion faces.

Miss Cameroon at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Kennedy Jhon Gasper designed Angele’s outfit, which she wore because lions are seen as the national animal of Cameroon, according to her Instagram.

Angele, 28, uses her master’s in finance to give underprivileged children free math lessons.

She became an advocate for women after she watched girls from her tribe be married off at ages as young as 12.

Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, wore an armored bodysuit with a maple leaf on it and coordinating boots, and she carried a shield with a heart on it.

Miss Canada at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Stevens’ Atelier Alex Castro ensemble was inspired by superheroes, with the outfit nodding to the fight for humanitarian and racial causes, as she wrote on Instagram.

Stevens, 26, was born in Sudan but fled to Canada with her family when she was 6 years old. 

She works as an actress and model, and she is the co-founder and spokesperson for both “Freedom March Vancouver” and “Black Freedom Society.”

Miss Cayman Islands, Mariah Tibbetts, wore an orange-and-blue dress with a daring cutout. Her ombré, circular headpiece stole the show.

Miss Cayman Islands at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Danielle Alexis designed Tibbetts’ “sunset story” outfit.

Tibbetts, 27, is a certified professional accountant, though she graduated with four degrees.

She’s an avid volunteer and an ambassador for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

Miss Chile, Daniela Nicolas, wore a see-through, sparkly dress with a feathered train that made her look like a mermaid.

Miss Chile at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Eduardo Cerda designed Nicolas’ ensemble.

Nicolas, 28, is an actress and makeup artist, and she’s currently studying journalism and sign language.

She also raises awareness for undifferentiated connective tissue disease, an autoimmune disorder she suffers from.

Miss Colombia, Laura Olascuaga, paired a textured orange bodice with an intricate purple-and-orange cape.

Miss Colombia at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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“The Goddess of the Makuira” outfit, designed by Blanca Fernandez Aikaa, represents the power of indigenous Wayuu women, according to Olascuaga’s Instagram.

Olascuaga, 25, works in her state government’s communications department to “aid in the development of vulnerable communities,” as stated on the Miss Universe website. 

She is also a freelance model and actress, as well as a mental health advocate.

Miss Denmark, Amanda Petri, wore a multicolored dress and headpiece with a massive, pink, floral backpiece.

Miss Denmark at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Petri’s colorful costume was designed by Neftali Jahaziel Espinoza and Diseñador Stalyn Nuñez.

Petri, 23, is pursuing her bachelor’s in international business communication and hopes to get her master’s in the subject too.

She advocates for gender equality.

Miss Dominican, Kimberly Jiménez, wore a gold two-piece with gold boots, and a gold cape with a trim made of sunflowers.

Miss Dominican Republic at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Jiménez shared on Instagram that she wore a sunflower-inspired outfit because it’s one of her favorite flowers and a common plant in the Dominican Republic. Axel Thomas designed the outfit.

Jiménez, 24, is a model and stage actress who is studying forensic science and business administration.

She does volunteer work at a local orphanage and at the Dominican Republic Women’s Club, a club that helps women with breast cancer that Jiménez helped fund.

Miss Ecuador, Leyla Espinoza Calvache, wore an outfit inspired by an ancient Incan festival.

Miss Ecuador at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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According to the Miss Ecuador Instagram, Calvache’s Andrea Segarra outfit was inspired by Inti Raymi, an ancient Inca festival. 

Calvache, 24, is a model and accounting assistant studying international business. She volunteers with women who have survived abuse and people with disabilities.

Miss El Salvador, Vanessa Velásquez, wore a floral-inspired outfit with a bedazzled top, tights, and massive flower headpiece.

Miss El Salvador at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Francisco Guerrero designed Velásquez’s outfit.

Velásquez, 25, is a model, brand ambassador, and influencer.

She founded the charity Angel Hands by Vane to “provide aid to children in hospitals, provide food to low-income communities, and support people who’ve suffered after natural disasters,” according to the Miss Universe website. 

Miss Finland, Viivi Altonen, wore a white dress that literally glowed in the dark.

Miss Finland at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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The glowing Tobias Tommila dress represented Finland’s advancements as a country, according to the Miss Finland Instagram page.

Viivi Altonen, 24, is a model and scuba diving instructor who studies social psychology and anthropology.

She volunteers for UN Women.

Miss Great Britain, Jeanette Akua, channeled “Bridgerton” with her royal ensemble, complete with a glittering tiara and extravagant cape.

Miss Great Britain at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Akua, 29, is a manager for a leading economic consultancy, where she’s addressed CEOs and world leaders at global conferences, according to the Miss Universe website. 

She was also a top 10 finalist in “The X Factor UK” and her music has received more than a million streams.  

Eden Berandoive, who is representing Haiti, paid tribute to the Citadelle Laferrière — a mountain fortress on the northern coast of the island — with her costume.

Miss Haiti at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Berandoive, 24, is a sexual assault survivor who now advocates for victims of rape and abuse and “hopes to give others the courage to break free from their solitude,” according to he Miss Universe website. 

She also helps teach adults how to read and works to provide education to children who live in the countryside. 

Miss Honduras, Cecilia Rossell, wore a shimmering gold two-piece with a dramatic feather headdress that paid tribute to the Jaguar Moon Goddess from ancient Mayan culture.

Miss Honduras at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Rossell, 25, works with an organization of Yale students to help “educate people living in underdeveloped countries about health and nutrition,” according to the Miss Universe website. 

She also spends much of her time visiting cancer patients.  

Miss Iceland, Elísabet Hulda Snorradóttir, told Insider that her glittering black gown represents the famous Northern Lights.

Miss Iceland at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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“The dress is completely black, but all the glitter represents the night sky,” she said. “I have a lot of experience seeing the Northern Lights and I was so proud to bring them to the stage at Miss Universe.” 

Snorradóttir volunteers with a program that teaches immigrants the Icelandic language “so they can successfully enter the job markets and educational systems,” according to the Miss Universe website.

Nadia Sayers, who is representing Ireland, wore a fairy costume that featured 700 hand-painted butterflies and dragonflies.

Miss Ireland at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Sayers, 26, is a mental health intervention worker in suicide prevention, according to the Miss Universe website. 

She also works with a mental health charity to create comic books based on the stories of young survivors. She hopes to one day make mental health check-ups “as common as dental.” 

Miss Jamaica, Miqueal-Symone Williams, carried huge lilac blooms that paid tribute to Lignum vitae, her country’s national flower.

Miss Jamaica at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Williams, 24, is an international model who has worked with brands like Valentino and L’Oréal, according to the Miss Universe website.

She also recently created “The Bloom Initiative,” which provides internet access to children in Jamaica so that they can attend school. 

Francisca Luhong James, Miss Malaysia, felt right at home on stage with her costume, which was inspired by the traditional houses found in the country’s rural villages.

Miss Malaysia at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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James, 25, is “the first woman with full native heritage to win Miss Universe Malaysia,” according to the Miss Universe website.

Through volunteer work, she’s raised money for children with special needs, helped gather food for Malaysia’s indigenous people, and supported refugees.

Miss Mauritius, Vandana Jeetah, brought the sea to Miss Universe with her hand-painted ocean gown and her bright-orange headdress, which represented the sun.

Miss Mauritius at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Jeetah, 29, has a master’s degree in law and currently works as an in-house barrister, according to the Miss Universe website. 

She’s visited 33 countries so far and can speak four different languages. 

Andrea Meza, who is representing Mexico, dazzled in a multicolored bodysuit complete with wings and a headdress that were both adorned with pink, blue, green, and purple feathers.

Miss Mexico at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Meza, 26, graduated with a degree in software engineering and is “proud to be a woman” in a “male-dominated field,” according to the Miss Universe website. 

She also currently works with the Municipal Institute for Women to help end gender-based violence.

Miss Nepal, Anshika Sharma, sported a white jacket to pay tribute to her country’s legendary Sherpas, who regularly serve as guides for Mount Everest expeditions. Her costume also featured prayer flags, which can be found at the Everest base camp.

Miss Nepal at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Sharma, 24, currently “advocates for the importance of children receiving a quality education,” according to the Miss Universe website.

She also created an organization that supports 24 students who were on the verge of dropping out of school.

Ana Marcelo, Miss Nicaragua, looked like the queen of the jungle in her stunning costume titled “La Gritería en León” — the yelling of the lion.

Miss Nicaragua at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Marcelo, 24, is an agroindustrial engineer who previously created a social campaign that helped medical professionals create biosecurity kits, according to the Miss Universe website.

She advocates for Nicaraguan youth and inclusivity within the Latin American pageant community. 

Miss Panama, Carmen Jaramillo, covered herself in sparkling shells and netting for her costume called “La Niña, La Pinta, y La Santa María,” named after the ships of Christopher Columbus.

Miss Panama at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Jaramillo, 26, is the first member of her family to attend college and is currently pursuing degrees in journalism and psychology, according to the Miss Universe website. 

She has rescued more than 400 strays and had more than 50 dogs at one point. 

Vanessa Castro Guillén, who is representing Paraguay, wore a silver-and-red bodysuit and headpiece that sparkled with more than 22 pounds of iron and stones.

Miss Paraguay at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Castro Guillén, 28, currently designs buildings for a living, according to the Miss Universe website. 

She’s also passionate about women’s empowerment and is a strong supporter of women entering male-dominated industries.

Miss Peru, Janick Maceta Del Castillo, spread her wings on the Miss Universe stage with a stunning silver costume inspired by the parihuana bird, also known as the Andean flamingo.

Miss Peru at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Maceta Del Castillo, 27, is an audio engineer who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Lady Gaga and  Jennifer Lopez, according to the Miss Universe website. 

She also created an organization to provide legal and psychological help to children who have been sexually abused. 

Miss Singapore, Bernadette Belle Ong, told Insider that she wanted to make a statement with her national costume, which featured a cape emblazoned with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”

Miss Singapore at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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“I wanted to make sure that representation for Asians will be brought to light, especially given the situation,” Ong said. “It’s difficult now with the prejudice and the violence. I wanted to be able to shake up the movement by putting it in my dress.” 

Ong has worked as a DJ, model, and actress, according to the Miss Universe website. She also advocates for equal pay and fair treatment of migrant workers. 

Amanda Obdam, Miss Thailand, paid tribute to the Siamese Fighting Fish, the country’s national aquatic animal. Her costume was specifically inspired by the “Tri Rong,” a fish that was bred to resemble the colors of the Thailand flag.

Miss Thailand at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Obdam, 27, has been competing in pageants since she was 10 years old, according to the Miss Universe website.

She recently founded a sustainable fashion brand that honors traditional batik art, and launched a campaign to help teach English to children impacted by a local tsunami. 

Asya Branch, Miss USA, sparkled in red, orange, and black wings that paid homage to the mockingbird, Mississippi’s state bird, to symbolize “strength, passion, and liberation.”

Miss USA at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Branch became the first woman from Mississippi to be crowned Miss USA. 

She has used her platform to fight for criminal-justice reform and support people with disabilities, according to the Miss Universe website.

Mariangel Villasmil, Miss Venezuela, wore a blue-and-silver gown inspired by the lightning phenomenon that occurs over the country’s Catatumbo river.

Miss Venezuela at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.

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Villasmil, 25, is a psychology student, certified pastry chef, and small-business owner, according to the Miss Universe website. 

She donates cakes she’s made to nursing homes and children’s hospitals.

The wonderful wackiness of the Miss Universe costume contest

It’s the most campy time of year. Yes, the Miss Universe pageant (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on FYI), and that over-the-top, crazy event: the national costume contest.

Forget boring gowns and bikinis. These are kimonos, feathers, headdresses, tridents, wings. In 2015, Miss Thailand went as a motorized rickshaw known as a tuk-tuk. That same year, Miss Canada went as the Stanley Cup, complete with hockey sticks. While some of the “national” images are pretty obvious — Miss Japan this year is in a karate outfit holding a gold medal for the Olympics — half the fun is trying to figure out what flower, bird or symbol these intricate costumes are suppose to represent.

Post critic Johnny Oleksinski and fashion editor Serena French take a look at some of the standout costumes of 2021:

MISS CANADA

Wonder Woman, eh?

Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Johnny: Wow. I’ve never been there, but is this how people dress in Saskatchewan?

Serena: If only hockey night looked this good.

MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Nice stems.

Serena: She’s goddess of sunflowers.

Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez in her sunflower getup.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Johnny: Hey Mister! My flowers are up here!!

MISS NEPAL

A sexy sherpa, complete with bejeweled oxygen mask

Anshika Sharma looks ready to climb the mountain in her costume.Getty Images

Miss Nepal Anshika Sharma has all the trappings of a climber.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

.Serena: This outfit is strictly peak performance: that mask can only be worn on the roof of the world and she’s got Mt. Everest in her purse!

Johnny: Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford every stream, follow ev’ry rainbow . . .

MISS SINGAPORE

Now that she has your attention . .

.Serena: A caped crusader fighting crime wearing an important message.

Singapore’s representative Bernadette Belle Ong at the competition.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Bernadette Belle Ong brings a call to action on her cape.Getty Images

MISS FRANCE

In fairness, she’s wearing more on top than the regular depiction of Marianne.

Johnny: I Louvre it.

Miss France Amandine Petit doing her best to resemble France.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Amandine Petit adjusted her dress to show more skin.Getty Images

Serena: Following the national motto Liberte, Equalite, Fraternite, at the end she overthrew her dress.

MISS ARGENTINA

Hand of god, shirt of soccer great

Miss Argentina Alina Akselrad going for the goal in her soccer uniform.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Diego Maradona gets a tribute at Miss Universe.Getty Images

.Serena: She can bend it like Maradona.

MISS GREAT BRITAIN

Yaas queen.

Jeanette Akua gives off a royal vibe for Great Britain.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Serena: She could rule any runway.

MISS FINLAND

Aurora beautyealis.

Viivi Altonen had the light shine on her and Finland.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Serena: The sky’s the limit in this Northern Lights number.

Johnny: I know Europe can be behind on American trends, but it’s wild that they just got Lite Brite.

MISS BAHAMAS

Celebrating Bahamas airline (or maybe the Bermuda triangle)

Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller rocks a pilot costume.Getty Images

Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller now has north of 8,000 Instagram followers.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Johnny: This jewel-studded look must’ve cost her a lot of frequent flyer miles.

MISS PUERTO RICO

The Zodiac killer look

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto put on a lavish look on the stage.Getty Images

Serena: Signs point to fabulous.

Johnny: I can’t decide how I feel about this look because I’m a Pisces.

MISS USA

Burning hot.

Miss Universe USA Asya Branch hails from Mississippi.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Serena: What more glamorous way to rise like a phoenix from the flames?

MISS BRAZIL

Wikipedia tells us Brazil is the fifth-largest producer of cotton in the world.

Miss Brazil Julia Gama’s outfit was filled with cotton balls.Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Johnny: When I think of beautiful, vibrant, sunny Brazil, the first things that pops into my head are cotton balls and twigs.

Miss Universe 2021 Costumes Got Political

On Sunday night in Hollywood, Florida, Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe. This was particularly exciting for pageant stans who’d been waiting a year since the show was delayed due to COVID-19. But what was arguably even more exciting for the rest of the world was witnessing Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, and Miss Uruguay Lola de los Santos make powerful statements during the “national costume” segment last Thursday.

Ong walked down the catwalk in a red sequined bodysuit, red thigh-high boots, and a red-and-white cape with voluminous sleeves — a riff on Singapore’s national flag. But the surprise came when she turned around. Her red-and-white cape was hand-painted by Filipino artist Paulo Espinosa with the message: “Stop Asian Hate.”

“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence!” Ong wrote on Instagram. Arwin Meriales, the Filipino designer who created the cape, echoed her, saying, “It’s not just a national costume. It’s a statement and protest to stop Asian hate. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of such a cause?”

In an unexpected turn of events, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin arrived in Florida only to learn that her luggage, which contained her costume, had gone missing. Some people from Myanmar who now live in America gave her a replacement look, and she ended up winning the national costume competition in her country’s traditional clothing, while raising a sign that read, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Powerful costume from Myanmar!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite costume at https://t.co/isjijntrRM. Voting closes at 11:59 pm on 5/15. pic.twitter.com/EWCq2fM9CD

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 14, 2021

Thuzar used the global platform to speak out against the military junta in Myanmar, where mass protests have been suppressed with deadly force. At least 800 people have been killed by security forces since the coup and over 5,000 have been arrested, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group. “Myanmar deserves democracy,” she said in an autobiographical video leading up to the competition. “We will keep fighting and I also hope that international communities will give us help that we desperately need.”

Lastly, Miss Uruguay Lola de los Santos, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, wore a rainbow gown in support of the community. The gown’s skirt read, “No more hate, violence, rejection, discrimination.”

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8 standouts at the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 National Costume competition • l!fe • The Philippine Star

The Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH) 2021 candidates paraded in their stunning national costumes with sophistication and elegance, channeling the beauties of the past—the Manila Carnival Queens.

The masterfully created national costumes showcased the Filipino artistry through elaborate and intricate designs that were interpreted in traditional, modern and avant-garde styles.

The queens presented their costumes to the tune of Kulay by P-pop group BGYO, as they claimed the newly inaugurated Clark International Airport as their runway.

Here are the queens who stood out among the remaining 28 MUPH 2021 candidates.

Maureen Wroblewitz, Pangasinan

Maureen Wroblewitz dazzled in the all-silver avant-garde Filipiniana by Louie Pangilinan.

The elaborate ensemble was inspired by Pangasinan’s treasure: the humble bangus

The costume, which includes a fish fin structured train, silver tassel, and a headdress, was hand-embellished with silver beads, crystals, and sequins to represert the “rich and fine salt beds” of the province of Pangasinan.

Simone Nadine Bornilla, Marinduque 

Simone Bornilla’s dusty rose couture ensemble by Hollywood couturier Oliver Tolentino is an ode to Rosario Cayetano, the first Miss Marinduque to represent the province in the first Manila Carnival.

The dress’ silhouette, accented with pink paillette tassels, brings out the classic Carnival glam in Simone. 

The ensemble was complete with mestiza sleeves, a panuelo, pink fan with fur, and an embellished gold crown.

Rousanne Bernos, San Juan City, NCR

The elaborate and colorful traje de mestiza, created by award-winning fashion designer Edwin Uy, is Ayn Bernos’ tribute to the Carnival Queens.

Uy is known for his modern Filipiniana creations and for Bernos’ national costume, he designed a two-part ensemble, whose baro and saya may be removed and would reveal a colorful and intricate form-fitting dress. A bejeweled headdress completes the look.

Maria Ingrid Teresita Santa Maria, Parañaque City

Sam Santamaria’s full-fringe silver number is Rajo Laurel’s modern take on the national costume theme. 

The design was modeled after the winning gown of Santamaria’s great-grandmother, Carmen Arnaiz Zaldarriaga, from her reign as a Manila Carnival Queen in 1937.

Beatriz Luigi Gomez, Cebu Province

Beatriz Luigi Gomez looks captivating in her national costume, inspired by the mythical creature called Bakunawa or Moon Eater. 

Designed by Axel Que, the dress carries whimsical features and traditional silhouette, with an avant-garde bottom. According to Que, the headpiece by Louie Gallego represent the celestial phenomenon of lunar eclipse.

Steffi Aberrasturi, Cebu City

Steffi Aberasturi’s intricate national costume designed by Malayka Yamas pays homage to the art of rattan weaving, which is a traditional Cebuano livelihood.

The gold and red colors of the piece celebrates the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines and the Señor Sto. Niño.

Vincy Labadan Vacalares, Cagayan de Oro City

Called the “Paksoy hu Higaonon,” Vincy Vacalares’ national costume was inspired by the Higaonons’ traditional wear called “paksoy” or dress.

The golden serpentina number, designed by Jie-jie Aisa, highlights unity in its details—a scapular medal to repressent Roman Catholicism, and a fan symbolizing royalty for the Islamic faith.

Krizzaleen Valencia, Davao Occidental

Krizzaleen Valencia brought vibrant colors to the national costume competition in her Silverio Anglacer creation.

Valencia called the festive ensemble, complete with intricate embroidery and colorful tassels, a “warm representation of our beloved Muslim people from the provinces of Mindanao.”

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Bold stand for Miss Universe hopefuls with national costumes

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — Three candidates of the ongoing Miss Universe Pageant chose to shed light on hot political and current events during the national costume competition on Friday.

Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, and Miss Uruguay Lola De los Santos wowed the crowd with their powerful statements during the preliminaries in Hollywood, Florida in the United States meant to showcase a nation’s culture.

Ong — born and raised in the Philippines — wore a fiery sequined red leotard and thigh-high boots. The highlight was when she turned around: her red and white cape bore the words “Stop Asian hate.”

She revealed that she tapped Filipino designer Arwin Meriales and Filipino artist Paulo Espinosa to create her fearless outfit.

The Stop AAPI Hate organization reported an alarming spike in racist and discriminatory attacks against Asian-American Pacific Islanders since the pandemic started.

So many impactful pieces from this year’s delegates!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite costume at https://t.co/isjijntrRM. Voting closes at 11:59 pm on 5/15. pic.twitter.com/2gCet6Rf9x

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 14, 2021

Myanmar’s bet was unable to present her original costume due to shipment issues, but she still made an impact by wearing her country’s traditional clothing. At the end of the runway, she raised a sign that read, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Powerful costume from Myanmar!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite costume at https://t.co/isjijntrRM. Voting closes at 11:59 pm on 5/15. pic.twitter.com/EWCq2fM9CD

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 14, 2021

It has been over 100 days since Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup. Since then, the military junta has brutally cracked down on any perceived opposition to its rule. Mass street protests have been suppressed with deadly force, with more than 780 people killed by security forces and almost 5,000 arrested, according to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

De los Santos of Uruguay, meanwhile, used her gown to rally for equality for members of the LGBTQIA community.

She donned a rainbow-printed skirt with the words “No more hate, violence, rejection, discrimination. She topped off her colorful but powerful outfit with a rainbow-colored crown.

Miss Universe-Philippines Rabiya Mateo donned a Philippine-flag inspired outfit with a touch of Victoria’s Secret.

The Philippines brought home the national costume award in 2019 after Gazini Ganados shone in a Philippine-eagle inspired outfit created by designer Cary Santiago.

Fans can vote for their bets through the Miss Universe website.

The 69th Miss Universe coronation will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 16 (May 17 in Manila).

Miss Myanmar won the Miss Universe national costume contest with a powerful political statement

  • Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin won the national costume contest at Miss Universe on Sunday.
  • Lwin held up a “Pray for Myanmar” sign, addressing her country’s current political crisis.
  • Myanmar’s military overthrew the country’s democracy in February, killing hundreds of protesters.

Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin won the national costume competition at Miss Universe on Sunday night with a powerful political statement.

Lwin held up a “Pray for Myanmar” sign as she walked the stage, addressing her country’s current political crisis.

The pageant queen has made it her mission to shine a spotlight on what is currently happening in Myanmar while she represents her country at Miss Universe, which is being held this year in Hollywood, Florida.

“They are killing our people like animals,” she told The New York Times. “Where is the humanity? We are helpless here.”

Lwin made a powerful political statement with her costume.Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe

Myanmar’s military overthrew the country’s democracy in February and detained its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. More than 780 people have since been killed in protests across the region.

Lwin, 22, has joined in the protests and also donated her savings to people whose family members have been killed.

“The soldiers patrol the city every day and sometimes they set up roadblocks to harass the people coming through,” she said. “In some cases, they fire without hesitation. We are scared of our own soldiers. Whenever we see one, all we feel is anger and fear.”

Lwin does not believe she will be able to safely return to Myanmar after speaking out against the military during the competition. She does not know where she will go next.

The pageant queen has made it her mission to shine a spotlight on what is currently happening in Myanmar.Miss Universr/Benjamin Askinas

The pageant queen has had a whirlwind of a week at Miss Universe. The suitcase that had all of Lwin’s outfits – including her original national costume – for the competition was lost by the airline. She had to borrow outfits from some contestants while the organizers helped her secure an evening gown.

People from Myanmar who lived in the US were also able to send Lwin a traditional dress to walk the stage for the national costume contest.

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The 69th Miss Universe contest is taking place in the USA, in which representatives of 74 countries take part.Look in the Sputnik photo feed for pictures of the unusual outfits of the contestants in national costumes

One of the most prestigious international beauty contests is taking place in Miami these days. Miss Universe was planned to be held in 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was postponed to 2021.

Designers of outfits from each of the participating countries tried to create the most striking images for the show, based on the national color, geographic features or facts from the history and culture of the country.

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Evolution of the Russian national costume at the Miss Universe pageant: selyanka1 – LiveJournal

Following posts about national costumes at the Miss Universe 2018 pageant in December and at the request of readers, I make an overview of how the national costumes of the participants from Ro ssii.

For the first time Russia took part in the Miss Universe competition in 1994. The country was then represented by Inna Zobova. The girl’s national costume was traditional: a kokoshnik, a sundress with a shirt, and several rows of beads as accessories. Inna Zobova won the 3rd place for the national costume.

Kokoshnik, an abundance of golden embroidery, elegant warmth, fabrics of the color of the sky, earth and clouds – this is how the contender for the title “Miss Universe 1995” Yulia Alekseeva appeared before the judges.

In 1996, the representative of Russia Ilmira Shamsutdinova won the title of “Vice-Miss Universe”. She had an unusual outfit, created with a slight hint of hussar style, a fancy reading of a Russian costume with an astrakhan hat. Ilmira Shamsutdinova won first place for her national costume.

Anna Baichik at the Miss Universe 1997 contest was dressed in a red velvet dress with rich gold embroidery and an almost regal headdress

Anna Malova at the Miss Universe 1998 contest was dressed in a snow-white blouse with very puffy sleeves and a dark blue velvet sundress with gold embroidery

Alexandra Petrova, who took part in the Miss Universe 1999 contest, was from Chuvashia and appeared in the national costume of her native land – a modest scarf on her hair, feminine embroidery and bright white.

Svetlana Goreva in the Miss Universe 2000 contest appeared in a traditional way – with a kokoshnik and in an airy sky-blue silk dress of the most complicated decor and with an abundance of lace.

Oksana Kalandyrets in the Miss Universe 2001 contest in a national costume made of a fluffy satin skirt and a jacket with a Pavloposad pattern and in an astrakhan hat.

Oksana Fedorova, the first and only Russian woman, received the title “Miss Universe” in 2002.In the look created by the St. Petersburg designer Galina Eberling, Russian motifs are visible in the colors and decoration of the dress in the style of an Orenburg shawl, but the dress also has oriental notes and hints of a harem style.

Olesya Bondarenko in the Miss Universe 2003 contest. The national costume, created by Valentin Yudashkin, was an improvisation on a Russian folk theme and was made of multi-colored feathers

Ksenia Kustova in the Miss Universe 2004 contest was dressed in an absolutely white dress and caftan with a hint of the long Russian winter and personified either the image of Winter, or the Snow Queen.

Natalya Nikolaeva in the Miss Universe 2005 contest performed in an outfit that she borrowed from a modeling agency in her hometown of Rostov. A modernized snow-white image, a kokoshnik and flaunting white stockings.

Anna Litvinova at the Miss Universe 2006 pageant appeared in an outfit created in her hometown of Novokuznetsk. Designers combined Pavloposad patterns with Khokhloma painting, added embroidery in the form of epaulets, a golden kokoshnik and created an outfit that looked no less flashy and authentic than the outfits of exotic Latin American women.Due to the real gold trimming, the dress weighed about 6 kilograms.

Tatiana Kotova in the Miss Universe 2007 contest appeared in a dress created by designer Natalia Valevskaya. Soft blue satin, fur trim and veil resembled the image of the Swan Princess.

Vera Krasova, who was included in the five finalists and won the title “Vice-Miss Universe” in 2008, , appeared at the competition in a silk dress with a Gzhel ornament, decorated with natural pearls and with bell sleeves.

Sofia Rudyeva at the Miss Universe 2009 contest appeared on stage wearing a hussar shako. In continuation of the military theme, the corset of the dress was decorated with braid in the manner of a uniform, and golden epaulettes adorned the shoulders. For the hem of the dress, in contrast to the slightly warlike top, a variable length and a Gzhel pattern were chosen.

The authors of the outfit were designers Alexandra Sergienko and Alexander Arutyunov.

Irina Antonenko at the Miss Universe 2010 pageant demonstrated a truly royal outfit worth 60,000 dollars.The high price was due to the use of 24-karat gold-plated silver threads, natural fur and a tiara on the head. The costume was created by the fashion house Nata Rikami (Natalya Tsingvintseva)

Natalia Gantimurova presented the idea of ​​a national costume in the form of a white bikini, kokoshnik and white lace scarf with fringe at the Miss Universe 2011 contest. This outfit was created by Valentin Yudashkin.
As far as I understood from the English-speaking press, the judges absolutely did not check out this shocking and gave one of the last places.

Elizaveta Golovanova at the Miss Universe 2012 contest appeared in a national costume – improvisation on the theme of Pavloposad shawls and wildflowers from designer Vyacheslav Zaitsev.

Elmira Abdrazakova at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant as a Russian noblewoman wearing a kokoshnik. Elmira Abdrazakova won the 3rd place for the national costume.

Yulia Alipova at the Miss Universe 2014 pageant. A kokoshnik with a veil, hand-embroidered with stones and pearls, a white dress and warmth.

Here I will digress and remind you that in 2014 a massive promotion of naked dresses without panties began, an attack (attempts to ban) Muslim clothing, and Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest. That is, 2014 was to some extent a turning point in the fashion world. And the Miss Universe contest was also affected. A frank transition from the theme of the national costume to the theme of various half-naked national symbols and political statements began. And all this happened in addition to the already quite advanced level of the so-called conceptual national dress, which I will write about separately.

Until that time, Russia quite successfully avoided this very conceptual approach to the national costume, even both dresses from Yudashkin (2003, 2011) were more shocking than promoting some idea, artistic or political.

But in 2015 a certain Gleb Vinokurov appeared and began to create conceptual dresses. For three whole years he created.

Vladislav Yevtushenko at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. Neckline, sequins and wings. The national costume represents the image of the firebird, invented by the designer Gleb Vinokurov.The dress was created by the fashion house of Igor Chapurin

Various birds and butterflies by that time were no longer a “national” innovation;

Yuliana Korolkova at the “Miss Universe 2016” appeared in the form of the bird of the world “Sirin” from the team of the creative workshop of Gleb Vinokurov.

Here I will express my deep phi:
The costume was created in 2016, in the midst of all kinds of sanctions against the aggressor Russia.

From Wikipedia: Sirin – in ancient Russian art and legends, a bird of paradise with the head of a virgin. Sirin is believed to represent the Slavic image of the Greek sirens.

In medieval Russian legends, Sirin is unambiguously considered a bird of paradise, which sometimes flies to earth and sings prophetic songs about the coming bliss, but sometimes these songs can be harmful to humans (you can lose your mind). Therefore, in some legends, Sirin acquires a negative meaning, so that they even begin to consider her a dark bird, a messenger of the underworld.
Anyone who understands at least something about mythology and the Sirin bird or even sirens can immediately start wild trolling about Russian propaganda and inviting propaganda singing with the promise of bliss that will lead you somewhere, or even lead to death.

There is nowhere to fall below. The bottom is broken.
This suit was mocked not only in Nezalezhnaya, but also in the English-speaking press. Hehe and haha.
Ksenia Alexandrova at the Miss Universe 2017. The dress for the national costume competition was created by the fashion designer Gleb Vinokurov.The outfit is inspired by traditional Gzhel motives. The patterns and the image of the Firebird on the kokoshnik are hand-embroidered with crystals, pearls and stones.

The conceptual prototype of this dress is a tea woman. A Russian person recognizes her immediately. Foreigner – no, foreigners do not have tea women, they do not know what it is. So there were a lot of huh and haha ​​about this outfit too.

Yulia Polyachikhina at the Miss Universe 2018. The dark blue dress represents the costume of a Russian noblewoman and was created by the Chuvash fashion designer Igor Dadiani.The head is adorned with a crown.

The American press wrote a lot about the scandals at Miss Universe, when the competition was owned by Donald Trump (from 1996 to 2015), in particular, there was a lot of talk about the fact that those countries and those participants whom Trump personally chose for his own discretion (or as agreed with sponsors).

I will not go into details here of what happened to Trump with the promotion of his business in those years when the Russians won at least something. Finally, the post is about clothes.

I will just say, I don’t know if you are aware that the commission that is digging now about Trump’s ties with Russia and about the incriminating evidence that the Russian special services have on the President of the United States and the former owner of Miss Universe (well, there’s something like “strange “video from the hotel room), digging mainly about the 2013 competition.

The English-language press writes that the Alagarov oligarchs paid Trump $ 20 million to hold the competition in Moscow. And allegedly during the entertainment with the girls, they collected dirt on Trump.

What is a lie, what is true – I do not know, the commission has not officially found anything, at least for impeachment. But the very fact that they are digging for the Miss Universe contest says a lot.

At the present time, in my opinion, it is already frankly clear that the Russian applicants, due to the political situation in the world, have no chances in this competition, they will not break off anything.

God forbid that Russian girls are not yet involved in any political campaign to promote some ideas, the crown is not just given for beautiful eyes, they need to be worked out.

The following will be a post about the history of this competition and conceptual national costumes.

Continued How franchising and concept art at “Miss Universe” killed the national costume

A girl from Mexico won the Miss Universe contest for the third time

Last night in Miami, the Miss Universe contest was won by the representative of Mexico Andrea Mesa. However, the event will not be remembered for this, but for the political statements made by girls from Myanmar and Singapore, as well as the scandal between Ukraine and Belarus over the copyright of the pattern on the dress of the Ukrainian participant: its author is a Belarusian artist.”Gazeta.Ru” – about the competition, which was delayed by six months.

Last night, the 69 Miss Universe pageant was held in Miami, postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The victory was won by a 26-year-old resident of Mexico Andrea Mesa – for the third time a native of this country becomes the most beautiful girl in the universe. The second place was taken by the representative of Brazil Julia Gama, the third – by the Peruvian Yanik Maseta Del Castillo. The top five winners who reached the intellectual competition also included Miss India Adlin Castelino and Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jimenez.

It is not the first time that Andrea Mesa participates in an international beauty contest: in 2017, she already tried her luck at Miss World and took second place in it. However, 2021 brought her good luck: last night in Miami, her predecessor from South Africa Zosibini Tunzi, who has retained the title since 2019, put the crown on the head of the new beauty queen from Mexico.

New “Miss Universe” by profession – computer engineer.She was born in the city of Chihuahua, grew up as the eldest of three daughters, after graduating from school she entered the local university with a degree in computer engineering and, after graduating from the university in 2017, began to work by profession. However, in parallel, Andrea Mesa developed a modeling career and made her way to beauty contests. In 2016, she won the right to represent the state of Chihuahua in the national beauty pageant of Mexico – and won it along with another participant, Ana Giraud. As a result, Andrea Mesa received the title “Miss Mexico 2017”, and her rival – “Miss World 2016”.This gave them both the right to participate in the international competition “Miss World” in the respective years.

The Miss Universe contest is traditionally held in December, but the pandemic did not allow organizing it in due time, and even now security measures were provided for everyone who took part in the event.

On the eve of the event, the president of the competition, Paula M. Shugart, made an official statement in which she assured that the organizers took care of limiting the spread of COVID-19.“We spent months planning and preparing security measures to host Miss Universe this time – unforgettable, special and totally innovative,” she said.

74 participants gathered in Miami, but only 21 girls reached the semifinals (the representative of Russia Alina Sanko was not among them). 10 participants competed in the final.

The national costume competition was won by the representative of Myanmar Tuzar Wint Luin, who decided to draw attention to the events in her country unfolding after the February military coup.She came out with a “Pray for Myanmar” poster. “Our people are dying, they are being shot by the military every day,” she said. – I want to encourage people to talk about Myanmar. As a Miss Universe member after the coup, I speak as much as I can. ”

A political statement was made during the competition by a participant from Singapore, Bernadette Belle Ong. She entered the national costume competition dressed in the colors of the flag of her country – a red leotard, embroidered with sequins and boots. Her shoulders were adorned with a red and white cape, which, when the girl turned her back to the audience, turned out to be a poster with an inscription calling to stop the streams of hatred towards people of Asian descent.

The national costume of another participant – Ukrainian Yelizaveta Yastremskaya – became the reason for a scandal.

After Ukrainian designers presented the girl’s outfit in early May, they found in Belarus that the carved pattern of the gate that adorns the satin dress was borrowed from the painting of the Belarusian artist Elizaveta Chervontseva, the master of vytinanka (a carved pattern that belongs to one of the ancient Slavic types of folk decorative art).

As Elizaveta Chervontseva told Sputnik, the motive was borrowed from her painting “Prayer”, created in 2016 – it depicts the Mother of God protecting Belarus.According to her, she contacted the designer who created the outfit of the Ukrainian participant, and she admitted that the pattern was found on the Internet – but she and her colleagues could not find the author. The Belarusian artist complained to the publication that after that she started talking about copyright and compensation for the use of the pattern (the amount does not exceed $ 100), but the author of the outfit stopped communicating. The description of the dress says: “Ukrainian vytinanka is the genetic memory of our nation.” It is called “Soul-vytinanka”.

90,000 Plagiarism? Ukrainian costume for “Miss Universe” copied from the work of the Belarusian artist

This Sunday, Miami will host the Miss Universe beauty pageant.Traditionally, the participants present costumes on it, reflecting the national characteristics of their countries. Recently, the costume of the Ukrainian participant of the competition Liza Yastremskaya was presented. The creators named it “Dusha-Vytynanka” and position it as a national Ukrainian costume. Only it was copied from the work of the famous Belarusian artist, master of vytinanka Lizaveta Chervontseva .

The costume for Yastremskaya was developed by the designer Natalia Shevchuk . The press release “Miss Universe Ukraine” says that it symbolizes the inner beauty of the human soul.At the heart of it, it is written in the release, is vytynanka, the “genetic memory” of the Ukrainian nation. Just like a purely national Ukrainian costume, the Miss Universe participant herself describes it in her interviews.

“The creation of the national costume took place in a short time – within a month. A team of seven craftsmen worked on it. Technology had to be developed to make the fabric behave and look like paper. About 15 meters of satin black and white fabric was used. The weight of the suit is about 7 kilograms ”, – this is how designer Natalya Shevchuk describes Yastremskaya’s dress.Nearby are the names of the makeup artist, photographer, etc. But there is no single indication of the source of the designer’s inspiration.

The coincidence of the Ukrainian costume with the work of the Belarusian Lizaveta Chervontseva was noticed last week in a professional environment. The artist herself wrote about this on her Facebook page. Many social media users started bombarding Shevchuk and Miss Universe Ukraine with outraged comments about plagiarism. But there was no reaction either from the designer, or from the competition team, or even from the administrators of their pages.On May 12, the team of the Symbal.by store, which collaborated with Chervontseva, spoke about the plagiarism situation on its pages, and the public in Belarus learned about the problem.

Lizaveta Chervontseva created Vytinanka “Malitva” in 2016. It is the central part of the triptych “Native Imagery”.

“On her in the image of God Matsi, which apyakay and abaranya our land, native land, Belarus” , – said the artist Reform.by.

This painting is now in a private collection in the USA.How much the costume of the Ukrainian beauty coincides with the Belarusian vytinanka, you can estimate on your own. In fact, the upper part of the suit is its complete, only slightly simplified copy, the rest of the dress is based on the same motives.

According to Lizaveta Chervontseva, on May 8 she contacted the designer Natalia Shevchuk and asked to explain the situation, but this did not lead to anything.

Lizaveta Chervontseva. Photo from Facebook

“Yana told me that the photo vytsіnankі knew іnternece, Ale aўtara knew not.Kali I tried, chamu yana didn’t tinkle, and Ukrainian maystro (yakya me and I know creativity), then I didn’t try to adkazu, I didn’t use it to get it, ”, – says the artist.

Colleagues in the shop and commentators on social networks advise her to contact the organizing committee of the Miss Universe contest and declare plagiarism in a participant’s costume or sue. So far, the master has not decided what to do. She is disappointed that this is not the first time she has faced plagiarism of her works, including not the first time in Ukraine.

“May I wonder why they will often plug in their work. Sometimes, the situation of growing up grazing peramoў, at least a little, only negatives. I had consultations with the advocates, on the right I could only grow up to the terriers of Ukraine. Geta pakul has been stored for myane “, – Lizaveta Chervontseva confesses.

We have not yet been able to get a comment from the designer Natalia Shevchuk. Note that in the profile of her brand Rada.Ethno there are no photos of clothes – only jewelry. The account indicates that the co-owner of Rada.Ethno is a designer clothing brand SVITLO. Neither in Shevchuk’s account, nor on the pages of both brands, there are products based on vytinanka motifs. By the way, it was the designers of the SVITLO brand, with whom Natalya Shevchuk cooperates, who developed national costumes for Ukrainian participants of the Miss Universe contest in the previous four years.

Ukrainian costume for Miss Universe – 2019

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Kazakhstani woman presented her national costume at the Miss Universe contest

Kamilla Serikbay, representing Kazakhstan at the Miss Universe contest, took to the podium of the show in a national costume, Sputnik Kazakhstan reports.

Luxurious dress is made in red shades and richly decorated with Kazakh ornaments.

On the eve of herself in social networks, the girl wrote that she was very worried before the defile.

She also said that she, like other girls, has very little free time – the participants of the beauty contest are busy with rehearsals, participate in photo shoots and interviews.

Recall, Camilla went to the Miss Universe show in early May, which is held in the US state of Florida in 2021.

What is known about Kamilla Serikbay

Kamilla Serikbay hails from Kyzylorda, is a freshman and is going to become a lawyer.Previously, the girl became the winner of the Miss Kyzylorda beauty contest and represented her hometown at the Miss Kazakhstan final.

Camilla knows several languages, including Turkish and English. She is a candidate for master of sports, from the age of 13 she has been engaged in karate.

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Miss Universe contestants showed their national costumes – Society

PATTAYA, December 10./ TASS /. The show of national costumes of the Miss Universe 2018 contest took place on Monday in Pattaya. The event, held at the Nice Concert Hall, was attended by girls from 93 countries. Sierra Leonean candidate Marie Esther Bangura, who did not arrive in Thailand in time, did not attend and attended the evening as an observer.

The show began with a traditional Thai artist show, which is usually performed before various major events. After that, the presenters announced the start of the show and the first participant, a candidate from Albania, entered the stage, which the audience greeted with applause.She was followed by girls from Angola, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia and Brazil. The audience, which was attended by several thousand, was delighted with unusual costumes, outfits of representatives of Asian countries, as well as participants from the neighboring countries of Thailand – Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

The two-hour outfit show was divided into four parts, after the second, Thai artists took the stage again and performed dances from four regions of Thailand.Among the exotic and unusual outfits, it is worth noting the outfit of a butterfly from the representative of Costa Rica, as well as a girl from India, who barely brought her throne costume onto the stage. The clothes of the participants from Aruba, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Kazakhstan, El Salvador, Haiti and Panama had a strong plumage and looked more like various birds.

A representative of Puerto Rico entered the stage in a dress consisting of six palms, two of which were holding a star over the girl, followed by a participant from Russia, Yulia Polyachikhina.The contestant from the Russian Federation was dressed in the costume of a Russian noblewoman. She was first followed by a girl from Saint Lucia, and then from Singapore, who appeared in a dress with the flags of the DPRK and the United States. The representative of Thailand, whose outfit was made in the form of a snow-white elephant, the symbol of the kingdom, was greeted with applause.

The show ended with the exit of a girl from Zambia, who appeared on stage with a spear and a shield.

The final of the 67th international beauty contest “Miss Universe – 2018” will be held on December 17 in Bangkok on the stage of the Impact Arena exhibition center.

The Miss Universe pageant was held in Thailand in 1992 and 2005. In November 2017, the 66th Miss Universe pageant was held in the United States, then the winner was the representative of South Africa, Demi-Lee Nel-Peters.

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