The Ten (10) National Costumes that stood out in my eyes.
From among the 86 (eighty-six) National Costumes presented in the Miss Universe 2013 National Costume Parade at Vegas Mall yesterday, I picked ten (10) stands-outs for different reasons as follows:
USA – playfully original
Switzerland – show-stoppingly gorgeous
Argentina – lovingly magical
Malaysia – fashionably well-executed
Vietnam – a tasteful rendering of an all-time classic
Russia – truly mystifying
Bolivia – appealingly kaleidoscopic
Brazil – traditionally colorful and exciting to look at
China – regal inventiveness
Japan – another traditional stand-out in color and execution
If you ask me, Best in National Costume would be a three-way toss among host Russia, China and Vietnam.
So which National Costume met your taste? 🙂
A Miss Universe delegate does not compete in the pageant just for her personal gain. A more important objective is to do so for the love of flag and country. Nothing is more rewarding and fulfilling than claiming victory with the full support of your countrymen.
The Asian delegates (including Guam) may have varying degrees of cheers and fanaticism from their respective supporters, but the common goal is always to push and motivate their representatives to be the best they can be in achieving the top prize.
I can’t remember the last time a Miss Universe pictorial had the ladies and their flags as theme. It sure is giving everyone more reasons to vote and back-up. 😉
I must admit that only a handful of the Miss Universe 2013 Truth-and-Dare interviews are convincing enough to have them cited here. After objectively viewing Miss Philippines Ariella Arida’s turn, I started looking for natural charm and spontaneity without sounding pretentious. Also, the luck of picking the better questions and tasks from the fishbowl is a big factor. So now, here are the six videos I personally liked, starting with Miss Czech Republic, Gabriela Kratochvilova. The kooky side of her personality is cute.
Now, let’s look at Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler. Her sisterly aura shines without really trying.
Ok, Carey Ng of Malaysia got the same Truth question Ariella did and her overall aura is quite pleasant. Besides, her Dare task is not the easiest. Spinning around 10 times can be very dizzying.
Norway’s Mari Ekelof gave a good answer to her Truth question and a pig noise that is a natural part of her personality for Dare.
There’s something about Betty Omara that makes me want to know her even more. This Tanzanian speaks and projects with a tempered sophisticated vibe that is both refreshing and fashionable.
Lastly, Amy Willerton of Great Britain is poised but relaxed and honest enough. Her cookie challenge is better (just like how Nicaragua did hers) than most who picked the same.
Who are your favorites? 🙂
I decided to start with the Asian region first for the Fadil Berisha glamshots. Given the dozen ladies above, who do you think stood out?
Personally, my Preferred Three in this group are:
The three Asian glamshots I like best.
MU2012 Olivia Culpo for Yamamay
Ariella is one 23 ladies selected by Yamamay.
And so, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida was selected once more to display her catwalk skills. This time around, it’s for Yamamay where swimsuits and lingeries are the norm of clothing.
Together with 22 others, she will walk the ramp October 26 during the Italian brand’s fashion show. The list includes host delegate Elmira Abdrazakova and fellow Asians Whulandary Herman of Indonesia, Kim Yu-mi of Korea, Carey Ng of Malaysia and Moe Set Wine of Myanmar.
Our bet is starting to heat up nicely.
Go for it, Ariella! 🙂
Let’s do head-to-heads between Ara Arida and twelve of the other Asian candidates in Miss Universe 2013. Who do you think is more superior in each pairing?
In alphabetical order now.
Ara VS Ye Jin
Ara VS Manasi
Ara VS Whulandary
Ara VS Yukimi
Ara VS Zhazira
Ara VS Kim Yu-Mi
Ara VS Carey
Ara VS Moe Set
Ara VS Shi
Ara VS Amanda
Ara VS Chalita
Ara VS Thi May
Here’s my personal pre-arrival take:
Ara Arida is definitely stronger than a dozen of the region’s best contenders for the Diamond Nexus Lab crown. However, there are three (3) ladies I consider with the possibility of giving her a really tough fight for the one or two semifinal spots that could be reserved for the region. They are: Whulandary Herman of Indonesia, Truong Thi May of Vietnam and Manasi Moghe of India.
I’d say that our rep should prepare for this trio first before executing her game plan versus the Central Europeans.
Your say, dear readers?