Miss Universe contestants this year certainly pulled out all the stops this year to wow the judges with outrageous outfits representing key elements of their respective cultures.
The elaborate headpieces, color-coded gowns and right-on-the-edge-of-offensive cultural nods presented each year are a sight to behold as the tricked-out contestants maneuver across the stage.latimes.com
Our eyes are still trying to adjust to looking at normal clothes after sifting through the feathers and glitter, but we've managed to pick out some notable highlights from the show:
Miss Angola, Zuleica Wilson
Miss Australia, Tegan Martin
Miss Brazil, Melissa Gurgel
Miss British Virgin Islands, Jaynene Jno Lewis
Miss Chile, Hellen Toncio
Miss China, Yanliang Hu
Miss Costa Rica, Karina Ramos
Miss Czech Republic, Gabriela Frankova
Miss Dominican Republic, Kimberly Castillo
Miss Ecuador, Alejandra Argudo
Miss El Salvador, Patricia Murillo
Miss Egypt, Lara Debbane
Miss Finland, Bea Toivonen
Miss Georgia, Ana Zubashvili
Miss Great Britain, Grace Levy
Miss India, Noyonita Lodh
Miss Korea, Yebin-Yoo
Miss Kosovo, Artnesa Krasniqi
Miss Malaysia, Sabrina Beneett!
Miss Mexico, Josselyn A. Garciglia
Miss Nicaragua, Marline Barberena
Miss Russia, Yulia Alipova
Miss South Africa, Ziphozakhe Zokufa
Miss Spain, Desire Cordero Ferrer
Miss Sri Lanka, Marianne Page
Miss Sweden, Camilla Hansson
Miss Switzerland, Zoe Metthez
Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Jevon King
Miss Ukraine, Diana Harkusha
The 63rd Miss Universe pageant is set to take place 25 January in Miami, Florida. Ipoh-born Sabrina Beneett will be representing Malaysia in competition for the coveted Miss Universe 2014 crown.
The costume resonates the mythical aura of Sarawak's princess of the Gods, Puteri Santubong, who was believed to have descended from heaven to teach the women of the tribes the skills of weaving the pua kumbu.
The accessories that accompany the costume are faux feathers to emulate the stealth of the bird, and jewellery inspired by Iban and Kayan warriors for war or ceremony rituals.
The hornbill is a symbol of worship to the ethnic groups of Kayan and Iban and it is believed be a messenger of the Gods for prepare warriors to fight in battlefields. The bird is admired for its loyalty, rarity and associated to royalty, power, and intelligence.