Hockey Stick Marie Antoinette, Curacao Liqueur Diva, A Virgin and a Feathered Queen--Miss Universe 2014 Costume Show--FIU Arena, Florida International University Doral/Miami Florida
The Miss Universe National Costume Show occurred on Wednesday night during the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Competition. This is always one of the most exciting events of the Miss Universe since it's all about "QUEENING OUT!"--costume-wise. It also gets the audience going since it's the one time the contestants from all over the world are representing their countries, cultures and showing their "pride", via what some would argue outlandish, over-the-top and sometimes Tacky-licious costumes. National costumes are intended to reflect their countries and cultures. Sometimes the results are, shall we say, eye popping! And this year at the Miss Universe, was no exception. I have put together my Top 15 Favorites from all the 88 contestants. These were the ones that really got me saying "You Go Girl!"...
Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. A non-native plant similar to an orange, the laraha developed from the sweet Valencia orange transplanted by Spanish explorers. I love the "Chiquita Banana"/Carmen Miranda costume and the inclusion of the leraha citrus and of course, the blue Curacao liqueur bottle. It's kitschy, fabulous and shows (a bit) of national pride. PS: Curacao Liqueur needs to pay the designer A LOT of money and use this costume in their next ad campaign!
#7 Korea Yoo Ye-Bin: Korea always "brings it" when it comes to National Costumes at the Miss Universe. And this year was no exception. She 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. It was very colorful and very impacting. Especially at the Miss Universe, which is--after all--an event to showcase the unity of nations. At least in terms of Super Gorgeous Women.
Nidal Nouaihed. It was inspired by the Venezuelan National tree, the Araguaney. I loved the colors, the sequins, it was all very well done and needless to say, impacting. Good enough to make my Top 15.
**Side Note: The official Top Five Costumes have already been chosen according to the Miss Universe Organization. The Miss Universe Organization has been asking the public for the top picks and the Top Five were:
The top winner will be announced on Sunday night's live telecast on NBC/Telemundo.
Well, at least I got three out of the five :)