October 25, 2021

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The wonderful wackiness of the Miss Universe costume contest

It’s the most campy time of yr. Certainly, the Miss out on Universe pageant (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on FYI), and that above-the-major, mad occasion: the countrywide costume contest.

Forget monotonous robes and bikinis. These are kimonos, feathers, headdresses, tridents, wings. In 2015, Miss out on Thailand went as a motorized rickshaw identified as a tuk-tuk. That similar yr, Miss out on Canada went as the Stanley Cup, finish with hockey sticks. Even though some of the “national” pictures are quite noticeable — Miss out on Japan this yr is in a karate outfit holding a gold medal for the Olympics — half the entertaining is attempting to figure out what flower, fowl or symbol these intricate costumes are suppose to depict.

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

Miss out on CANADA

Speculate Girl, eh?

Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 - National Costume Show.
Miss out on Canada, Nova Stevens, seems onstage at the Miss out on Universe 2021 National Costume Demonstrate.
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Johnny: Wow. I have never been there, but is this how folks dress in Saskatchewan?

Serena: If only hockey night seemed this good.

Miss out on DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Wonderful stems.

Serena: She’s goddess of sunflowers.

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

Miss out on NEPAL

A pretty sherpa, finish with bejeweled oxygen mask

Anshika Sharma looks ready to climb the mountain in her costume.
Anshika Sharma appears to be like completely ready to climb the mountain in her costume.
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Miss Nepal Anshika Sharma at this year's Miss Universe.
Miss out on Nepal Anshika Sharma has all the trappings of a climber.
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.Serena: This outfit is strictly peak overall performance: that mask can only be worn on the roof of the environment and she’s got Mt. Everest in her purse!

Johnny: Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford each and every stream, comply with ev’ry rainbow . . .

Miss out on SINGAPORE

Now that she has your focus . .

.Serena: A caped crusader battling crime donning an crucial concept.

Singapore's representative  Bernadette Belle Ong  at the competition.
Singapore’s representative Bernadette Belle Ong at the competitiveness.
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Bernadette Belle Ong brings a call to action on her cape.
Bernadette Belle Ong brings a simply call to motion on her cape.
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Miss out on FRANCE

In fairness, she’s donning far more on major than the frequent depiction of Marianne.

Johnny: I Louvre it.

Miss France Amandine Petit doing her best to resemble France.
Miss out on France Amandine Petit executing her best to resemble France.
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Amandine Petit adjusted her dress to show more skin.
Amandine Petit modified her dress to display far more pores and skin.
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Serena: Following the countrywide motto Liberte, Equalite, Fraternite, at the close she overthrew her dress.

Miss out on ARGENTINA

Hand of god, shirt of soccer excellent

Miss Argentina Alina Akselrad going for the goal in her soccer uniform.
Miss out on Argentina Alina Akselrad going for the target in her soccer uniform.
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Diego Maradona gets a tribute at Miss Universe.
Diego Maradona will get a tribute at Miss out on Universe.
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.Serena: She can bend it like Maradona.

Miss out on Good BRITAIN

Yaas queen.

Jeanette Akua gives off a royal vibe for Great Britain.
Jeanette Akua gives off a royal vibe for Good Britain.
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Serena: She could rule any runway.

Miss out on FINLAND

Aurora beautyealis.

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

Johnny: I know Europe can be at the rear of on American developments, but it’s wild that they just got Lite Brite.

Miss out on BAHAMAS

Celebrating Bahamas airline (or maybe the Bermuda triangle)

Shauntae-Ashleigh in best pilot costume.
Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller rocks 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 jewel-studded look must’ve cost her a whole lot of repeated flyer miles.

Miss out on PUERTO RICO

The Zodiac killer look

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto put on a lavish look on the stage.
Miss out on Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto place on a lavish look on the stage.
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Serena: Signs issue to wonderful.

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

Miss out on United states

Burning very hot.

Miss Universe USA Asya Branch hails from Mississippi.
Miss out on Universe United states Asya Department hails from Mississippi.
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Serena: What far more glamorous way to increase like a phoenix from the flames?

Miss out on BRAZIL

Wikipedia tells us Brazil is the fifth-biggest producer of cotton in the environment.

Miss Brazil Julia Gama's outfit was filled with cotton balls.
Miss out on Brazil Julia Gama’s outfit was filled with cotton balls.
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Johnny: When I think of attractive, vivid, sunny Brazil, the initially things that pops into my head are cotton balls and twigs.