The Marvelous Madness of the Miss Universe Costume Contest



It is the most campy time of the year. Yes, the Miss Universe pageant (airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on FYI) and that crazy, over-the-top event: the National Costume Contest.

Forget about boring dresses and bikinis. They are kimonos, feathers, headdresses, tridents, wings. In 2015, Miss Thailand became a motorized rickshaw known as a tuk-tuk. That same year, Miss Canada competed in the Stanley Cup, with hockey sticks. While some of the “national” images are pretty obvious – this year’s Miss Japan is in a karate outfit holding a gold medal for the Olympics – half the fun is trying to figure out which flower, bird or symbol these costumes are. complexes are supposed to represent.

Post reviewer Johnny Oleksinski and fashion editor Serena French take a look at some of the most notable costumes of 2021:

MISS CANADA

Wonder Woman, eh?

Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, appears on stage at the 2021 Miss Universe - National Costume Show.
Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, appears on stage at the 2021 Miss Universe National Costume Show.
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Johnny: Wow. I’ve never been there, but is that how people dress in Saskatchewan?

Serena: If only hockey night looked so good.

Miss DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Beautiful stems.

Serena: She is the goddess of sunflowers.

Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez in her sunflower outfit.
Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez in her sunflower outfit.
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Johnny: Hey sir! My flowers are up there !!

Miss Nepal

A sexy sherpa, complete with a jeweled oxygen mask

Anshika Sharma looks ready to climb the mountain in her costume.
Anshika Sharma looks ready to climb the mountain in her costume.
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Miss Nepal Anshika Sharma at this year's Miss Universe.
Miss Nepal Anshika Sharma has all the assets of a climber.
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.Serena: This outfit is strictly cutting edge: this mask can only be worn on the roof of the world and she has Mt. Everest in his bag!

Johnny: Climb every mountain, Ford every stream, follow every rainbow. . .

MISS SINGAPORE

Now that she has your attention. .

.Serena: A Crusader Crusader fighting crime carrying an important message.

Singapore representative Bernadette Belle Ong at the competition.
Singapore representative Bernadette Belle Ong at the competition.
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Bernadette Belle Ong launches a call to action on her cape.
Bernadette Belle Ong launches a call to action on her cape.
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MISS FRANCE

In all fairness, she wears more over the top than the regular portrayal of Marianne.

Johnny: I have it Louvre.

Miss France Amandine Petit does her best to look like France.
Miss France Amandine Petit does her best to look like France.
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Amandine Petit adjusted her dress to show more skin.
Amandine Petit adjusted her dress to show more skin.
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Serena: Following the national motto Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, at the end, she reversed her dress.

Miss ARGENTINA

Hand of God, large football shirt

Miss Argentina Alina Akselrad goes to goal in her football uniform.
Miss Argentina Alina Akselrad goes to goal in her football uniform.
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Diego Maradona receives a tribute to Miss Universe.
Diego Maradona receives a tribute to Miss Universe.
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.Serena: She can fold it like Maradona.

Miss GREAT BRITAIN

Queen Yaas.

Jeanette Akua exudes a regal vibe for Great Britain.
Jeanette Akua exudes a regal vibe for Great Britain.
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Serena: She could rule any track.

MISS FINLAND

Aurora beautyealis.

Viivi Altonen shined the light on her and Finland.
Viivi Altonen shined the light on her and Finland.
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Serena: The sky is the limit for this number of northern lights.

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

Miss BAHAMAS

Celebrating the Bahamian Airline (or maybe the Bermuda Triangle)

Shauntae-Ashleigh in the best pilot costume.
Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller wears a pilot costume.
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Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller now has north of 8,000 Instagram followers.
Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller now has north of 8,000 Instagram followers.
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Johnny: This jewelry-studded look must have cost her a lot of frequent flyer miles.

Miss PUERTO RICO

The zodiac killer look

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto put a lavish look on the stage.
Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto put a lavish look on the stage.
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Serena: The signs say fabulous.

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

MISS USA

Burning.

Miss Universe USA Asya Branch is from Mississippi.
Miss Universe USA Asya Branch is from Mississippi.
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Serena: What more glamorous way to rise like a phoenix from the flames?

MISS BRAZIL

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

Miss Brazil Julia Gama's outfit was filled with cotton balls.
Miss Brazil Julia Gama’s outfit was filled with cotton balls.
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Johnny: When I think of a beautiful, vibrant and sunny Brazil, the first things that come to mind are cotton balls and twigs.



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