The 65th Miss Universe Beauty Pageant is just getting started with the Finals occurring on January 30th in the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila Philippines. Even though we are almost a month into the new year of 2017, this will be Miss Universe 2016 (as opposed to Miss Universe 2017). 85 contestants from all over the world are scheduled to compete and the first batch of beauties have already begun to arrive in Manila this past week, with official events starting next week on January 14.
I have done a little web investigating (OK, A LOT!) and so far I have gathered 19 national costumes that will be worn by the Miss Universe 2016 contestants. So...let's take a look, starting with Miss Universe Australia:
Miss Universe Australia 2015 national costume depicting Dame Edna and the Sydney Opera House designed by Timothy Cubbo
Miss Universe Austria 2015 in national costume depicting Austrian singer/superstar and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst
Miss Universe Bulgaria Violina Ancheva: This costume is supposedly inspired by Kukeri, an ancient pagan tradition when men parade on the streets and perform ritual dances dressed in handmade costumes. According to the tradition, the scarier the outfit, the better with the goal: To chase away the evil spirits of winter. The look features a a leather belt and huge copper bells attached to it in the front and back. This could be very "Game of Thrones" hot. Let's hope there are fab boots and a headdress to go with it.
Miss Universe Guatemala Virginia Argueta: Miss Universe Guatemala's national costume is inspired by the Quetzal bird. It is designed by Guatemalan designers Cesar Portillo along with Juan Francisco Arevalo. The pre-Columbian-inspired design is made of feathers, Swarovski crystals and a bustier made of molded glass.
Miss Universe Guyana Soyini Fraser: Miss Universe Guyana's national costume is entitled "The Coconut Queen" and was inspired by a painting at the 2016 Guyana Coconut Festival done by Courtney Douglas (left photo). I think it's fun and quite COCONUT cute!
House of Goulash: Miss Universe Hungary Timea Babinyecz at the Miss Universe 2010 National Costume presentation
Which ones are YOUR FAVORITES so far???
Stay Tuned for Part Two!......