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Peacock: An inspiration for National Costume at Pageants

Peacock is a bird which is used as a symbol of elegance, in spite of the fact that Peacock is actually a male. Reason? Well the royal blue colour and that curvaceous neck. Also, add that rain dance with feather open vertically to portray a round fan like shape. Sharing a beautiful poem on this bird,

“Joy is a peacock-it’s beauty so rare;
A rainbow of colors that vibrantly flare.
After the rain, brightly they come out.
Into a fan-like form, uniquely it creates;
Never forgot, this vision, joyfully it illuminates.
Bringing such happiness and peace my way;
All because a “little birdie” came my way”

Well, peacock has not jsut found a special place in our heart but also managed to inspired many designers to create jewelleries, clothes, accessories and NATIONAL COSTUMES at beauty pageants. Yes, our today’s topic is dedicated to beauty queen who wore costume inspired from peacock:

1) Srishti Rana and Monica Sharma:

Srishti and Monica

Long lost sisters?

Both of these beauty queens represented at Miss Asia Pacific World, Srishti Rana, and Miss Grand International, Monica Sharma. However, Srishti’s costume managed to win best national costume at her pageant. What we loved about these costumes was that inspite of being kept simple and elegant in the form of gown, they conveyed the message of being portrayed. The head gear of Srishti was ill-matching where as Monica had ill-lower fitting. But yes, the attempt to convey peacock’s beauty was appreciable.

 2)  Miss Universe Costa Rica, Marwa Right:

Miss Universe Costa Rica 2010, Marwa Right

Miss Universe Costa Rica 2010, Marwa Right

The attempt was creative by portraying the feathers on head, so to avoid an extra head gear and back feathers. But it failed at lower end with an open front. It would have looked better if Marwa was given a longggggg flowy gown tail of feathers instead.

3) Miss Universe Nicaragua 2013, Nastassja Bolivar:

Nastassja Bolivar, Miss Universe Nicaragua 2013

Nastassja Bolivar, Miss Universe Nicaragua 2013

The costume was a master piece from head to toe. Look at the fine detailing thought by the designer from three puppet heads on top to porcupine thrones like feathers in shoe. We may not be exactly interpret what culture designer was trying to portray, but one thing we can surely assess is the ‘Imagination’. Its not easy to come up with by design yet manage to look good. But Nastassja proved it wrong.

4) Miss Universe Honduras 2013, Diana Mendoza:

Miss Universe Honduras 2013, Diana Mendoza

Miss Universe Honduras 2013, Diana Mendoza

The feathers have been brilliantly placed and are worked upon with fineness. However, what we didn’t like about this costume was that hanging part in front area. It was little distracting.

5) Miss International India 2012-Rochelle Rao:

Miss India International 2012, Rochelle Rao

Miss India International 2012, Rochelle Rao

The design was actually a below average combination of National costume of Miss India Universe 2005, Amrita Thappar, with better accessories. Head gear was too ill fitting, we could see many pics where it was in titled position. However, her top had beautiful detaining and considering Rochelle was a stunner, she nailed this costume. Again we say, the costume was bad but Rochelle carried it very well.

6) Miss Universe Indonesia, Whulandary Herman:

Miss Universe Indonesia, Whulandry Herman

Miss Universe Indonesia, Whulandry Herman

Indonesia generally never fails to impress in this category and Whulandary’s costume was no exception. Again, detailings were too busy to convey an exact meaning of the costume (Apart from peacock obviously). Another thing that could have made this costume more beautiful is the quality of material used. It certainly didn’t appeal. Shimmery and shining navy blue could have done wonders on her. But oh well..!

7) Miss Universe India 2010, Ushoshi Sen Gupta:

Miss Universe India 2010, Ushoshi Sen Gupta

Miss Universe India 2010, Ushoshi Sen Gupta

When we heard about this costume from Ushoshi in an interview before going to Miss Universe, we were so happy that finally some Miss India chose to go beyond traditional ghaghra choli at Miss Universe. But, the actual costume was far from what it was described. Also, ti sparked the controversy of design being copied from some international designer gown. The costume brought a change, but it smelled more like a Fart than a breathe of fresh air. Ushoshi deserved something better, considering she was first ever winner of I AM SHE Pageant.

Which of these costumes was your favourite? Rate it, rank it…!!!