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Miss Universe: The national costumes that stole the show

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 Asya Branch, Miss USA surprised everyone with a costume inspired by strength, liberation and the motivation to keep going. © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Asya Branch, Miss USA surprised everyone with a costume inspired by strength, liberation and the motivation to keep going.

Yesterday, Thursday, May 13th, the 69th edition of Miss Universe held its national costumes competition. Walter Mercado, Diego Armando Maradona and even Mount Everest were the main protagonists of the catwalk this year.

a person wearing a costume:  Mariángel Villasmil, Miss Venezuela wore a costume inspired by the rays of Catatumbo, from her native state of Zulia, Venezuela. © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Mariángel Villasmil, Miss Venezuela wore a costume inspired by the rays of Catatumbo, from her native state of Zulia, Venezuela.

While this competition is separate from the pageant overall scores, it is one of the most awaited and glamorous runaway events. Designers and contestants from 74 countries fiercely compete to honor the essence of their homeland and traditions on a global stage, with original and extravagant costumes.

 Estefanía Soto Torres, Miss Puerto Rico was the center of attention with her gown inspired by Walter Mercado, “The Astrologer of the Stars.” © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Estefanía Soto Torres, Miss Puerto Rico was the center of attention with her gown inspired by Walter Mercado, “The Astrologer of the Stars.”

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 Andrea México, Miss México wore a costume simulating an alebrije, one of the most characteristic and colorful symbols of her country. © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Andrea México, Miss México wore a costume simulating an alebrije, one of the most characteristic and colorful symbols of her country.

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 Laura Olascuagua, Miss Colombia wore a bright orange costume inspired by a deity of the Colombian Guajira, the Goddess of Makuira, who represents the protective force and power of the indigenous Wayuu woman. © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Laura Olascuagua, Miss Colombia wore a bright orange costume inspired by a deity of the Colombian Guajira, the Goddess of Makuira, who represents the protective force and power of the indigenous Wayuu woman.

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 Lola de los Santos, Miss Uruguay, carried a message of love with a gown that included the following message: “No more violence, no more discrimination, no more rejection, no more hatred.” © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Lola de los Santos, Miss Uruguay, carried a message of love with a gown that included the following message: “No more violence, no more discrimination, no more rejection, no more hatred.”

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a woman smiling for the camera:  Alina Luz Akselrad, Miss Argentina surprised us with a costume in tribute to Diego Armando Maradona, who died on November 25, 2020 and was a national icon in her country. © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Alina Luz Akselrad, Miss Argentina surprised us with a costume in tribute to Diego Armando Maradona, who died on November 25, 2020 and was a national icon in her country.

This year, the designers of the gowns, created elaborate and glitzy costumes that took inspiration from national flowers, typical foods, monuments, national icons, flora and fauna and even natural landscapes, using their ingenuity to highlight the most unique and charming elements of each of their country.

 Janick Maceta del Castillo, Miss Perú honored her country with a costume that represented the bicentennial of its history. © BENJAMIN ASKINAS

Janick Maceta del Castillo, Miss Perú honored her country with a costume that represented the bicentennial of its history.

Scroll through this photo gallery to see some of the most striking national costumes of this year’s Miss Universe.

 Anshika Sharma, Miss Nepal wore the most recognized symbol of her country: Mount Everest with its prayer flags.

Anshika Sharma, Miss Nepal wore the most recognized symbol of her country: Mount Everest with its prayer flags.

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