Miss Universe 2018 is inching closer and already, some of the candidates are showing off their national costumes. Just like previous years, these garments not only represent their country’s culture, but can also stop traffic worldwide. We’re not even exaggerating. Have you seen how massive they can get?
Don’t answer that first. We’re here to round up the most over-the-top ones we’ve seen so far. Keep checking back here because we’re certainly adding more once they’re revealed.
H’Hen Niê is still in the process of choosing her final look for the pageant. According to Saigoneer, local designers submitted costume ideas they think represented Vietnam, and netizens will vote on which one she should wear. So far, this bánh mi ensemble is leading and we’re not mad at it.
Kiara Liz shared that the inspiration of her costume is “the strength and impetus of the Puerto Rican spirit in the face of adversity” in light of Hurricane Maria. The dress was constructed with hands, symbolizing help and reconstruction, LED lights that mimic wind gusts, and there’s a sphere representing the Pearl of the Caribbean. There’s a lot going but the message is moving.
Andrea Toscano is also bringing the fiesta with her Aztec-inspired outfit. I honestly don’t know where to look first because of all the elements, but I can see a lion’s head, some jaguars, feathers, and whole lot of colors.
Yuumi Kato went for a a ninja costume that transforms into Sailor Moon’s uniform, and the anime lover in me is freaking out. Someone call Arci Muñoz because we’re sure she’ll love this too. (If you haven’t seen her Sailor Moon collection, you should watch her vlog now.)
Sophida Kanchanarin looks elegant in an all-white ensemble with gold accents for her national costume. She’s also carrying a flowy fabric shaped like an elephant’s head on her shoulders. Here she is posing with the trunk.
Fashion critics were thrilled when Francesca Hung unveiled her gold and red wattle-inspired dress. The design and the pompom-like headpiece paid homage to Australia’s national flower, the golden wattle. Francesca shared on Instagram that it “signifies the unity and resilience of Australian people.”