The BEST of MUO’s National Costume Competition: Staff members at the Miss Universe Organization share their thoughts on the most memorable national costumes in our pageant's history.
Amelia Vega's national costume from the 2003 Miss Universe Pageant was especially memorable for me. It resembled the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island of her beautiful homeland, the Dominican Republic. It made me want to go scuba diving!
- Emily Panasci, Office Coordinator
Nothing compares to the wings on the national costume of Denise Quinones at the 2001 Miss Universe Pageant. It was stunning!
- Tricia Langa, Director of Domestic Licensing
I enjoyed Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell's national costume at the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. It represented the indigenous culture of Australia by including the national flag… and of course who doesn't love the Uggs!
- Jason Webski, Marketing Manager
Miss Korea 2000, Kim Sa-rang, wore an awesome Korean hanbok dress with vibrant colors. It is one of my favorite national costumes to date!
- Kristen Spirko, PR Coordinator
What makes a great national costume is when it is a true characterization of the country being represented. Lara Dutta did just that at the 2000 Miss Universe Pageant when she wore exotic Indian garb with native colors and textiles.
- Carlos Fernandez, Manager of Domestic Licensing