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 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.
Ariella with (L-R) Vietnam, Thailand, China and Myanmar.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida is at her most relaxed state when bonding with fellow Asian beauties Chalita Yaemwannang of Thailand, Truong Thi May of Vietnam, Moe Set Wine of Myanmar and Jin Ye of China PR. Although each of them are eyeing the Miss Universe 2013 crown, nothing beats developing friendships with your neighbors in the region, at least in the earlier stages of competition.
Right now, we still can’t tell who Ariella will be closest to during the homestretch. But in the meantime, they have each other’s company to combat the icy-cold weather in Moscow. 😉
Ye Jin for MU2013
The Chinese organizers of Miss Universe China must have been doubly inspired by their win of the National Costume Award in Miss Universe 2012. Who wouldn’t be? So for the coming pageant in Moscow, they are pulling out all the stops with the attire Ye Jin will be wearing. And it’s not just a simple costume, but an explosive dragon-inspired number that can leave spectators awe-inspired.
Sri Lanka's NC for MU2013
Now how about Sri Lanka? The country has not really been a contender in NCs for ages. But this year, Amanda Ratnayake will be wearing an utterly gorgeous structural attire that evokes her country’s culture. Nice right?
Vietnam's NC for MU2013
And Vietnam? Wow! I’ve never seen them dress their reps so beautifully outside the traditional ao dai. The one above looks classy and Truong Thi May will have a grand time wearing the complete ensemble.
I’m really enjoying the competition of National Costumes every year. How I wish the Philippine rep is also a contender. But then again, our team looks at this segment as less important in scope/weight and just a sidebar to the main event. If I had my rathers, local historians would be asked to recommend the designs to fashion designers. 😉
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?
The 25 year-old is Miss Vietnam but could also pass off for a Filipina.
Truong Thi May is aged 25, stands 5’7.5″ and is actually a mix of Vietnamese and Khmer descent. While she was born in Cambodia, Miss Universe Vietnam 2013 actually grew up in the Mekong Delta (specifically in An Giang) and is now based in Ho Chi Minh City.
A fashion model by profession, her looks can be deceiving. She can easily be mistaken as Thai or Filipina at first glance. And this beautiful lass could be Vietnam’s most promising Miss Universe bet to date.
Will Thi May steal the thunder in Moscow come November? 😉
As continuation of my blogs on the arriving foreign delegates for Miss Earth 2009 starting late this week (actually, Miss Earth-USA already arrived last night), I am posting more photos of ladies who will add intense fire to the competition. I have already presented 18 contenders in two previous posts and I am listing eight more representatives to the tough list.
Miss Earth Russia 2009 NATALIA SOKOLOVSKAYA
Miss Earth Greece 2009 DAYANA IGROPOULOU
Miss Earth Panama 2009 GERALDINE HIGUERA
Miss Earth Vietnam 2009 TRUONG THI MAY
Miss Earth Singapore 2009 VALERIE LIM
Miss Earth Brazil 2009 LARISSA RAMOS
Miss Earth Slovenia 2009 MAJA JAMNIK
Miss Earth Martinique 2009 PASCALE NELIDE
I have already blogged 26 of the expected contestants for Miss Earth 2009. And if we add Sandra Seifert of the Philippines to the fold, the competition becomes even tougher. These ladies represent only a little over 1/3 of the delegates who will vie for the crown this year. There are loads of beauties just waiting to be noticed. This is definitely going to be a more exciting pageant compared to the last!