OMG! The 2018 Miss Universe National Costumes Are Here . . . and they are a bit puzzling

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Well, this is a bit of a tribute to my late and very dear mother, who used to love watching the national costumes in the Miss Universe pageant. So, Mom, wherever you are, this post’s for you.

Let’s start with Miss Bahamas (above) as a pineapple. 

Miss Barbados

Miss Barbados as a flying fish.

Miss Curacao

Miss Curaçao as the Triumph of Sablika – free woman educated women, women empowerment.

Looking to the future: Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega's red, white, and blue costume represented the winds of Hurricane Maria, which wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory in 2017. The dress, which symbolized the resilience of the people of Puerto Rico, featured metallic finishes and LED lights to show the movement of the wind during the storm. She carried a white orb  to portray hope for a new tomorrow

Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega’s red, white, and blue costume represented the winds of Hurricane Maria, which wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory in 2017. The dress, which symbolized the resilience of the people of Puerto Rico, featured metallic finishes and LED lights to show the movement of the wind during the storm. She carried a white orb to portray hope for a new tomorrow.

Miss Dominican Republic

Miss Dominican Republic as a turtle, I hope.

Miss Jamaica

Miss Jamaica celebrated the island’s olympic legends.

epa07221896 Miss Aruba Kimberly Julsing poses in her national costume during the Miss Universe 2018 national costume contest at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand, 10 December 2018. Women representing 94 nations participate in the 67th beauty pageant Miss Universe 2018 which will be held in Bangkok on 17 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY ORG XMIT: RUN1343

Aruba: inspired by the country’s biggest carnival event.

Jenelli Fraser, Miss Belize 2018 walks on stage during the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1BH7JW

Miss Belize found inspiration in the Mayan Sun God

epa07221909 Miss British Virgin Islands Ayana Phillips poses in her national costume during the Miss Universe 2018 national costume contest at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand, 10 December 2018. Women representing 94 nations participate in the 67th beauty pageant Miss Universe 2018 which will be held in Bangkok on 17 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY ORG XMIT: RUN1343

British Virgin Islands: representing the lifestyle in the island – turquoise waters, balmy temperature, good food and people’s resilience. 

Caitlin Tyson, Miss Cayman Islands 2018 walks on stage during the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1BH6II

Cayman Islands: sunny body suit with crystals representing the sea and the three stars of the national flag. The skirt is lit by LED lights. 

Getting political: Miss Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers was inspired by the suffragettes in the UK who fought for the right to vote. Her dazzling costume was made up of suffrage colors: purple for dignity, white for purity, and green for hope. This year marks the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote in the UK in 1918, and Dee-Ann proudly carried a ballot box and a sign that read: 'Let's Finish What They Started' 

Great Britain: Representing the Suffragettes that mark their 100th anniversary this year. 

Dee-Ann Rogers made history when she became the first black woman to win the GB Miss Universe Pageant. The 25-year-old hails from Anguilla.

Samantha Colas, Miss Haiti 2018 walks on stage during the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1BH7QE

Haiti: Inspired by the country’s great weather and carnival creativity.

epa07222199 Miss Panama Rosa Montezuma poses in her national costume during the Miss Universe 2018 national costume contest at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand, 10 December 2018. Women representing 94 nations participate in the 67th beauty pageant Miss Universe 2018 which will be held in Bangkok on 17 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY ORG XMIT: RUN1382

Miss Panama: inspired by a princess from Pre-Columbian history; made of 3500 golden beads. 

Miss Saint Lucia was inspired by the Mythical Love of the West Indies and Helen of Troy.

US Virgin Islands: inspired by the phoenix and Queen Mary’s reimagined gown in gold corset with jewels.

Venezuela: the goddess of nature depicted in thousands of crystals 

epa07222190 Miss Nicaragua Adriana Paniagua poses in her national costume during the Miss Universe 2018 national costume contest at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand, 10 December 2018. Women representing 94 nations participate in the 67th beauty pageant Miss Universe 2018 which will be held in Bangkok on 17 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY ORG XMIT: RUN1382

Miss Nicaragua: based on the lines of a female poet’s poem about peace and hope.

epa07221930 Miss Costa Rica Natalia Carvajal poses in her national costume during the Miss Universe 2018 national costume contest at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand, 10 December 2018. Women representing 94 nations participate in the 67th beauty pageant Miss Universe 2018 which will be held in Bangkok on 17 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY ORG XMIT: RUN1343

Miss Costa Rica as a butterfly.

Mariana García, Miss Guatemala 2018 walks on stage during the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1BH7PR

Miss Guatemala: Based on Mayan architecture and civilization and Mayan calendar. 

Miss Colombia Valeria Morales displays her costume during Miss Universe National Costume Show in Chon Buri, Thailand Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) ORG XMIT: XGA111

Colombia: Inspired by national flower,  costume made by indigenous tribe.

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