2013 Miss Universe - The pre-pageant night shows continue on Sunday as 86 gorgeous ladies flaunted their authentic national costumes at the Miss Universe National Costume Show at Vegas Mall in Moscow, Russia.
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Two days before the preliminary round of competition begins, the contestants were given the green light to show off their colorful and imaginative national costumes as they try to build momentum before the coronation night.
Miss USA Erin Brady emerged as the head turner of the event after she showed up wearing a futuristic dress, trying to mimic one of the characters in the Transformers.
The costume received positive feedback from pageant followers with JHB online's John Baker calling it Powerful, impressive and original.
"Erin Brady #MissUSA in National Costume at #MissUniverse A female #Transformer! Powerful , impressive & original!," Baker stated on his Twitter account.
"OMG @MissUSA 's costume for miss universe is so effing amazing," Menn Chan posted on her Twitter account.
Brady also took it on Twitter to convey the message of her national costume. "Nothing screams national costume like the first Miss USA transformer. Embracing powerful women in a [photo]," Brady tweeted right after the event.
Disappointing for a Contender?
Fresh from bagging the title as the Ice Princess after his glam shot was picked as the best among the contestants, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida showed off the traditional 'terno' dress in the show [photo].
Arida, who is one of the frontrunners heading into the pageant night on Sunday, is expected to come up with a more imaginative costume following recent survey that pageant judges now wants more stylistic and bold dresses than the 'traditional and boring' national costumes worn almost every year.
Yet, Miss Philippines decided to be true to herself and pay homage to her home country by wearing the simple but elegant dress reportedly designed by Stella Araneta, the pageant Director and Organizer of Binibining Pilipinas.
As usual, Arida's costume received mixed reviews from her followers on different social media platform, specifically on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some of comments and suggestion about Miss Philippines' Nat-Cos.
"BPCI as headed by Madame Stella Araneta can't get it, although we know that Nat-Cos competition does not have any bearing in the final outcome of the contest, but her group are missing the whole point. A national costume is a form of national pride, it symbolizes the country's rich history, cultural background, its colorful past and its aspirations. More than anything else it symbolizes our ingenuity and creativity as people," said Raynold Tiu on Facebook.
"Its ok.. ms. Philippines is just following the rules of the exposure.. she wore our national costume not like other countries they wore cossplay attire and fantasy costumes... good job Philippines," said one of Facebook followers of Ms. Universe page.
The 2013 Miss Universe coronation night is on November 10, 2013 at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.
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