COSTA RICA EXTA – A collection of some of our favourites in the Miss Universer 2014 national dress competition.

74227d56dd08f0dccb6e3d651dce2abdMiss Costa Rica: Karina Ramos Lovely bell gown with toucan mural appeared hand painted on the bottom of her skirt below a one shoulder red top.

 

24EFA91E00000578-0-image-a-77_1421920363022-britainMiss Great Britain: Grace Levy wore a skimpy version of uniform worn by the Queen’s Guard when they are on duty outside Buckingham Palace. She accessorised with a gold choker that bore an imitation of the Royal Insignia

 

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Miss Canada: Chanel Beckenlehner came dressed as a glamorous ice hockey player, complete with working scoreboard and ice hockey stick. Her hairstyle was a copycat of the country’s hockey tournament trophy, The Stanley Cup. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada

 

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Miss USA: Nia Sanchez came dressed in an elaborate version of the stars and stripes on the American flag. The metre-long white feathers were all hand-stitched onto the silk corset

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Miss Ireland: Lisa Madden wore medieval-looking costume of armour in shades of red. The look was inspired by Celtic warriors

24F019FC00000578-0-image-a-48_1421920036709Miss Venezuela: Migbelis Lynette Castellanos came as a glittering version of the Tabebuia chrysantha. It is the national tree of Venezuela as it is native to the country and it’s deep yellow resembles the one on the Venezuelan flag

24F0135A00000578-0-image-a-62_1421920155317Miss Lebanon: Saly Greige. Saly wore the simplest item of clothing for the evening –  a billowing long sherwal, which is the most common and practical garment in rural areas of the country – although covered in this picture, the dress actually features trousers with a low crotch.

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Miss Ecuador: Alejandra Argudom wore one of the most revealing outfits of the evening. The costume featured several materials indigenous to Ecuador including the Tagua nut, also know as vegetable ivory, which comes from the rain forests of Ecuador

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Miss Chile: Hellen Toncio was one of the few women to wear trousers in the national costume round

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Miss Lithuania: Patricija Belousova had the most daring costume of the evening – her sheer dress revealed every inch of her body