The National Costume Round of Miss Universe Contestants

The National Costume Round of Miss Universe Contestants

  • Miss Universe contestants took part in the National Costume round of the competition
  • Women wear an outfit that represents a key element of the culture in their home country
  • Outfits included Celtic warriors, Aboriginal sunsets, flowering trees and see-through gowns

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Chanel Beckenlehner
Miss Canada: Chanel Beckenlehner came dressed as a glamorous ice hockey player

The most jaw-dropping segment of the Miss Universe competition occurred last night (no, we’re not talking about the swimwear round.)

Grace Levy
Miss Great Britain: Grace Levy wore a skimpy version of uniform worn by the Queen’s Guard when they are on duty outside Buckingham Palace
Marianne Page Pictures
Miss Sri Lanka: Marianne Page, who made her national costume herself. The outfit features intricate beading, jewels and several metres of mirrored material
Nia Sanchez
Miss USA: Nia Sanchez came dressed in an elaborate version of the stars and stripes on the American flag. The metre-long white feathers were all hand-stitched onto the silk corset

The contestants in the 63rd annual competition took part in the National Costume show at Florida International University in Miami. .

Lisa Madden
Miss Ireland: Lisa Madden wore medieval-looking costume of armour in shades of red. The look was inspired by Celtic warriors
Migbelis Lynette
Miss Venezuela: Migbelis Lynette Castellanos came as a glittering version of the Tabebuia chrysantha.
Kimberly Castillo
Miss Dominican Republic: Kimberly Castillo. Her costume depicts the Virgen de Altagraci – the Virgin is the patron saint of the Dominican Republic
Patricia Da Silva
Miss Portugal: Patricia Da Silva who came dressed in a costume depicting two birds. The Rooster of Barcelos is the fictional national bird of Portugal
Saly Greige
Miss Lebanon: Saly Greige. Saly wore the simplest item of clothing for the evening – a billowing long sherwal, which is the most common and practical garment in rural areas of the country
Yulia Alipova
Miss Russia: Yulia Alipova wore a dress inspired by the Byzantine era and its influence to the Russian culture. The ornate headress was embedded with brocade and emerald and ruby-like stones
Yoo Yebin
Miss Korea: Yoo Yebin wore a Hanbok, which is the south Korean national dress. She also wore a outer layer that featured flags from all over the world as a symbol of unity
Tegan Martin
Miss Australia: Tegan Martin wore an outfit inspired by the Aboriginal Dreamtime sunset.
Keiko Tsuji
Miss Japan: Keiko Tsuji came dress as a Sōjutsu fighter. Sōjutsu meanins “art of the spear” and is the Japanese martial art of fighting with a yari (a Japanese spear)

The ladies wore an elaborate range of costumes spanning from the Buckingham Palace Queen’s Guard to the national tree of Venezuela.

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Alejandra Argudom
Miss Ecuador: Alejandra Argudom wore one of the most revealing outfits of the evening.
Patricija Belousova
Miss Lithuania: Patricija Belousova had the most daring costume of the evening – her sheer dress revealed every inch of her body
Kaci Fennell
Miss Jamaica: Kaci Fennell came dressed as in carnival gear – which is one of the key moments in the Jamaican calendar
Cordero Ferrer
Miss Spain: Desire Cordero Ferrer wore a medieval-style gown for her national costume
Camille Cerf
Miss France: Camille Cerf wore a chic beret to match a red ribbon tied around the waist of her lace gown
Zoe Metthez
Miss Switzerland: Zoe Metthez wore a simple gown that featured the country’s flag on her train
Artnesa Krasniqi
Miss Kosovo: Artnesa Krasniqi’s version of Kosovan national dress would most likely make many of her fellow countrymen blush
Urska Brackos
Miss Slovenia: Urska Bracko’s outfit was one of the least outlandish
Roxanne Didler-Nicholas
Miss St. Lucia: Roxanne Didler-Nicholas shone in her modernised version of St Lucian national dress
Ziphozakhe Zokufa
Miss South Africa: Ziphozakhe Zokufa wore a dress featuring the colours of the South African flag

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Hellen Toncio
Miss Chile: Hellen Toncio was one of the few women to wear trousers in the national costume round
Noyonita Lodhs Traditional Outfits
Miss India: Noyonita Lodh’s outfit looked like it could be dangerous if you got too close

But while there was no doubt that all of the contestants had gone to extreme lengths to stand out from the crowd, some of the outfits left the audience rather confused as to the link to the woman in question’s home country. One lady wore flags from across the entire world, not her own nation, while another appeared to be wearing just a simple ball gown. One contestant that left viewers in no doubt though, was Miss Canada, who came dressed as an ice hockey player, complete with working scoreboard.


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