Bitcoin, telescope, chocolates: Eye-catching Miss Universe 2022 national costumes

January 12, 2023 - 3:53 PM
Composite shows Puerto Rico's Ashley Cariño, Guetamala's Ivana Batchelor, and El Salvador's Alejandra Guajardo during the national costume competition of Miss Universe 2022 (Screengrab from Miss Universe/Facebook)

One of the most anticipated portions of the Miss Universe pageant is the National Costume competition.

The national costume allows the delegates of each country to showcase their culture and heritage in a creative way.

Given this, here is a rundown of the national costumes that caught the attention of the public during the 71st edition of the pageant on Thursday, January 12 (Philippines).

El Salvador

El Salvador‘s Alejandra Guajardo went on stage wearing a gold outfit and holding a scepter with a bitcoin logo, representing the history of her country’s currency. 

In 2021, El Salvador became the first country to recognize bitcoin as a legal tender. 

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Great Britain

Great Britain’s Noky Simbani paid honor to the late Queen Elizabeth during the national costume competition. 

Simbani wore a green cape and white gown embellished with silver stones  

Queen Elizabeth died on Sept. 8, 2022, at the age of 96. 

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico‘s Ashley Cariño surprised the public with her futuristic costume. 

The ensemble was inspired by the Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope

The costume features a round LED screen which shows some of the pride of Puerto Rico. 

This was created by mechanical engineer and musical artist DJ King Arthur


The humongous national costume of Ivana Batchelor of Guatemala features notable elements from her country such as the pyramid, a jaguar and the Mayan calendar.


Miss Universe Switzerland 2022 Alia Guindi wore a costume inspired by chocolates. 

The details on her shoulder, meanwhile, represent cocoa leaves. 

Trinidad and Tobago

The gold costume of Trinidad and Tobago bet Tya Jané Ramey was inspired by her country’s carnival. 

This carnival originated in the late-eighteenth century and was born out of resistance. 

Before, slaves used to be outcast by the masquerades. Later on, they decided to hold their own form of carnival. 

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