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.
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?
Miss Universe China 2013 Ye Jin
courtesy of shounenkgt
Time flies so fast. It’s already October. And Miss Universe 2013 season will start in just over two weeks from now. Let’s start with another Asian contender for the crown in Moscow.
Jin Ye,(simplified Chinese: 靳烨; traditional Chinese: 靳燁; pinyin: jìn yè), is Miss Universe China 2013. The 24 year-old fashion model from Shijiazhuang stands a good 1.78m tall with black eyes and black hair. Ever the determined beauty pageant contestant, she – less-than-successfully – took part in three editions (2009, 2011 and 2013) of Miss World China before making one brave final move to re-focus her sights on Miss Universe China which she won just recently.
While her face is versatile enough to take on different semblances to a few individuals we know or are familiar with, I like it better when she is styled more youthfully like the image on the right above. Agree?
Do you think she will be tough competition in Moscow? 😉