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? 😉