The Miss Universe Pageant is one of those things I can’t decide if I watch to make fun of, or out of genuine enjoyment. Whether it’s archaic or empowering, it’s two hours filled with incredible women who also happen to be wearing incredible outfits. Here are my top ten for the national costume portion.
This is one of those rare situations where the risk is wearing less, not more. The gamble paid off. Just a ton of flowers and a very trendy crop top.
I wish I could see this dress without the mike stand digging into it, but I’m so enchanted by her hair and headpiece.
I think it must be frustrating for those whose costumes are ten feet wide and covered in crystals to be outdone but a dress that looks like it might have come from Forever 21.
7. Dominican Republic
Am I crazy? Cause I kinda love this. Putting a painting on a dress and then dressing the girl up like that painting seems risky and redundant, but the blue veil flows beautifully.
Oh hey there. I’m just gunna wear pants and blow away the competition.
5. Puerto Rico
Even though the structure of the skirt is kinda awkward and lacking in fullness, you get the point without it being too costume-y.
What can I say. When something works, it works.
Miss Norway looks so clean, simple and downright lovely in such a conservative dress that reminds me of a nightgown I put on my American Girl doll in the late nineties.
This is so on-point I don’t really think I have to say much about it. It’s historical, and she has a weapon.
Of course, this warrior goddess was the obvious win of the evening. Who says femininity is measured in soft lines and demure colours? She looks cute and powerful, and I bet she can actually use that spear-thing.
The list wouldn’t be complete without one over-the-top headdress outfit. I like Argentina because it sticks to its theme and doesn’t look like some kinder-gardeners went crazy with glitter and craft paper.
You could think of these flowers as tacky, but I just think they’re fun. Why have so many colours if you’re not going to use them?