The fantastic wackiness of the Miss Universe costume contest


Could 14, 2021 | 8:13pm | Up to date Could 14, 2021 | 8:14pm

It’s essentially the most campy time of 12 months. Sure, the Miss Universe pageant (airing Sunday at Eight p.m. on FYI), and that over-the-top, loopy occasion: the nationwide costume contest.

Neglect boring robes and bikinis. These are kimonos, feathers, headdresses, tridents, wings. In 2015, Miss Thailand went as a motorized rickshaw often known as a tuk-tuk. That very same 12 months, Miss Canada went because the Stanley Cup, full with hockey sticks. Whereas among the “nationwide” photos are fairly apparent — Miss Japan this 12 months is in a karate outfit holding a gold medal for the Olympics — half the enjoyable is attempting to determine what flower, hen or image these intricate costumes are suppose to characterize.

Submit critic Johnny Oleksinski and trend editor Serena French check out among the standout costumes of 2021:


Surprise Girl, eh?

Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 - National Costume Show.
Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, seems onstage on the Miss Universe 2021 Nationwide Costume Present.
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Johnny: Wow. I’ve by no means been there, however is that this how folks gown in Saskatchewan?

Serena: If solely hockey night time appeared this good.


Good stems.

Serena: She’s goddess of sunflowers.

Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez in her sunflower getup.
Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez in her sunflower getup.
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Johnny: Hey Mister! My flowers are up right here!!


An attractive sherpa, full with bejeweled oxygen masks

.Serena: This outfit is strictly peak efficiency: that masks can solely be worn on the roof of the world and he or she’s acquired Mt. Everest in her purse!

Johnny: Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford each stream, observe ev’ry rainbow . . .


Now that she has your consideration . .

.Serena: A caped crusader combating crime sporting an necessary message.


In equity, she’s sporting extra on prime than the common depiction of Marianne.

Johnny: I Louvre it.

Serena: Following the nationwide motto Liberte, Equalite, Fraternite, on the finish she overthrew her gown.


Hand of god, shirt of soccer nice

.Serena: She will be able to bend it like Maradona.


Yaas queen.

Jeanette Akua gives off a royal vibe for Great Britain.
Jeanette Akua provides off a royal vibe for Nice Britain.
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Serena: She might rule any runway.


Aurora beautyealis.

Viivi Altonen had the light shine on her and Finland.
Viivi Altonen had the sunshine shine on her and Finland.
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Serena: The sky’s the restrict on this Northern Lights quantity.

Johnny: I do know Europe may be behind on American traits, nevertheless it’s wild that they simply acquired Lite Brite.


Celebrating Bahamas airline (or perhaps the Bermuda triangle)

Johnny: This jewel-studded look should’ve price her a number of frequent flyer miles.


The Zodiac killer look

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto put on a lavish look on the stage.
Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto placed on a lavish look on the stage.
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Serena: Indicators level to fabulous.

Johnny: I can’t determine how I really feel about this look as a result of I’m a Pisces.


Burning scorching.

Miss Universe USA Asya Branch hails from Mississippi.
Miss Universe USA Asya Department hails from Mississippi.
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Serena: What extra glamorous technique to rise like a phoenix from the flames?


Wikipedia tells us Brazil is the fifth-largest producer of cotton on the planet.

Miss Brazil Julia Gama's outfit was filled with cotton balls.
Miss Brazil Julia Gama’s outfit was stuffed with cotton balls.
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Johnny: After I consider stunning, vibrant, sunny Brazil, the primary issues that pops into my head are cotton balls and twigs.


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