Miss Grand International 2021 Top 10 Best in National Costume finalists announced

03 Dec 2021 | Camilla Suarez

Miss Grand International 2021, the 9th edition of the international pageant, will be held on 4th December 2021 in Phuket, Thailand where delegates from all over the world will compete for the international crown over three weeks. The winner will succeed and will be crowned by Miss Grand International 2020 Abena Akuaba Appiah Miss Grand International 2020.

The organization hosted the preliminary National Costume competition on 30th November 2021 at SHOW DC Retail and Entertainment Mega Complex, SHOW DC Bangkok where the delegates paraded in their magnificent costumes showcasing their countries’ traditions and culture.

While all the delegates represented their countries in unique and gorgeous costumes, the organization has recently announced the Top 10 beauties who received the highest score by vote for the Best in National Costume round. The winner of Best in National Costume award will be announced at the finale. Here are the Top 10 finalists of the award –

Nguyen Thúc Thuy Tiên Miss Grand Vietnam 2021

Inspired by the medical frontliner’s protective clothing, Vietnam’s national costume, ‘The Blue Angel, was a proud representation of the country withshaping the costume as the traditional Ao-dai costume. “My country has been dealing tiredlessly with the 4th waves of coronavirus since it hit Vietnam quite hard this summer. This costume is to honor our medical frontliners across the country who are the true heroes in this fight,” Tiên shared. The message that goes with the costume is, “With the blue angels' power, we will win this game - coronavirus, it's time for you to leave!”



Sothida Pokimtheng Miss Grand Cambodia 2021

Designed by Ly Pheaktra Fong, Cambodia’s costume sent the message to the world that Angkor Wat belongs to Cambodia. Angkor Wat, located in northwest Cambodia, is the largest religious structure in the form of a temple complex in the world by land area. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Cambodia and around the world. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's main tourist attraction. Angkor Wat played a major role in converting Cambodia into a Buddhist nation.



Sophie Louise Rogan Miss Grand Indonesia 2021

The National Costume of Miss Grand Indonesia 2021, ‘Bali Sundaram- the Beauty within Holy Blessing’, designed by Inggi Indrayana Kendran, is a symbol of the gratitute to God as the universal creator usually carried by Balinese women. This costume is visualizing the teaching of peace, Tri Hita Karana, which involving the relations between human and God, human and fellow human beings, and human and nature.



Maria Jose Sazo Miss Grand Guatemala 2021

Goddess Ixchel shined on the international platform displayed by the stunning Maria Sazo donning the costume designed by Cesar Alejandro Portillo. “The pride that causes me to wear this suit, you cannot imagine. Feeling that a suit belongs to you and is part of you is an indescribable feeling. Thanks to Cesar for such a beautiful outfit, I really enjoyed showing it to the whole world on stage,” she shared. Ixchel is the 16th-century name of the aged jaguar goddess of midwifery and medicine in ancient Maya culture.



Jimena Andrea Sosa Miss Grand Paraguay 2021

Paraguay’s Jimena Sosa wore ‘La Diosa Del Nanduti’ costume, conceptualized by Gabriel Román and Jeff Bastidas and designed by Alfredo Gaona and Charito Otazu. The costume is inspired by the Goddess of Nanduti and symbolizes courage, love, and tolerance through a kind, sweet and Peaceful Paraguayan Guarani Goddess, in the most iconic fabric of Paraguay, the Ñanduti. The vibrant and colourful costume brings out the true essence of Paraguay.



Lishalliny Kanaran Miss Grand Malaysia 2021

The national costume to Miss Grand International 2021 - The 7 Ancient Princesses of Ulek Mayang was designed by Aldrin’s Artistry. The larger than life costume was one of the biggest show stoppers of the night. Ulek Mayang with its origin from Terengganu is an old folk song and dance perform as a healing ritual for a fisherman who fell ill at sea and was believed to be caused by sea spirits and could only be cured by calling upon the spirits of the sea and sending them back to the dark watery depths.



Mariana Macías Miss Grand Mexico 2021

Unique, spectacular, masterful, this is how Mariana Macías performed with her ‘Mujer protectora de vida’ national costume designed by Samuel Estrada and Edgar Lozzano. The feathered serpent, the jaguar’s persona and the fierce and strong performance by the diva, depicting the ‘protector of life’, was definitely a stand out and a potential winner for the best national costume.



Samantha Alexandra Panlilio Miss Grand Philippines 2021

Philippines’ Samantha donned a pappion-inspired get-up from the Paru-paro Festival of Dasmariñas, Cavite. The festival, which shows the metamorphosis of the butterfly, showed her in a beautifully concocted get-up complete with humongous wings. Her costume suit and leg straps were designed by Louis Pangilinan, while her wings and head dress were the creations of Santino Rivera. The shoes, meanwhile, was by Jojo Bragais. Samantha Panlilio literally spread her wings at the Miss Grand International national costume competition.



Alba Dunkerbeck Morales Miss Grand Spain 2021

Alba donned her stunning and shimmering gold and green attire, ‘Laurisilva’, designed by Kilian Atelier. The predominant green color of the costume represents the color of the forests which arises as a result of all the various tree species and focal point of fantasy. Golden shades are also dominant, symbolizing sun rays passing through its branches. The motion of its feathers are associated with the trade winds, bringing a sophisticated touch in true `Carnaval’ fashion, mainly party and celebration from the Canary islands.



Patience Chenema Christopher Miss Grand Nigeria 2021

Nigeria’s ‘Wa-Zo-Bia’ costume paid tribute to the 3 major ethnic groups in Nigeria, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo, including other tribes. The lamp in the costume which is common to all tribes in Nigeria symbolizes Light. Light complements Peace, for where there’s light, peace grows automatically. The ruffled downpart of this costume is a display of different indigenous ethnic fabrics from the Igbo, Tiv and Yoruba tribes. On the body of the costume is the White fabric worn by the Fulani tribe. The wing-like structure that spreads from the waist over the head is embroidered with cowries which symbolizes Nigeria’s primitive code of trade.



The organization will now continue to open voting to find the Top 5 National Costumes from the votes to be combined with the other 5 National Costume chosen by the judges and will announce the Best National Costume award on stage in the final round. The voting will be open until 4th December 2021 6 PM (Thailand time) and will be counted from two channels, Facebook and Instagram.