Puerto Rico’s Karla Guilfú Acevedo to don ‘Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian’ national costume at Miss Universe 2023

20 Oct 2023 | Priya Bhardwaj

Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2023 Karla Guilfú Acevedo is all set to showcase the ‘Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian’ national costume at Miss Universe 2023 to be held in El Salvador in December this year.

The stunning costume pays tribute to the architecture of Old San Juan and the exciting atmosphere of the San Sebastian Street Festival. The skirt is adorned with hundreds of handcrafted cobblestones, each painted to replicate the iconic blue cobblestones of Old San Juan crafted from velvet and black sequins in an elegant trumpet cut.



Above the corset, a shell-type backrest adorned with more than a dozen emblematic places of Old San Juan unfolds, from the fountain of Paseo de la Princesa to the chapel of Santo Cristo, all in impressive 3D details, some illuminated with LED lights.

On the back of the costume, a hand-painted painting offers a panoramic view of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the Cabezudos, Caminantes, Pleneros and folkloric dancers dancing above the festive crowd, with the Monoestrellada flag flying high above.

There is another beautiful detail in the costume which shows five universal Puerto Rican queens and other iconic personalities of the country are highlighted in the painting. The entire costume is meticulously embroidered in crystals of various colors, adding a touch of sparkle and charm to this masterpiece.



Created by Joshuan Aponte, the accessories that accompany the trousseau are designed and created by Fabián De la Fuentes. The earrings that the piece wears simulate the streetlights of the residences and streets of Old San Juan, while its bracelets represent the structures of the residential balconies. A maga flower adorns the hair.  

Miss Universe 2023, the 72nd edition of Miss Universe, will be held in El Salvador on 18th November 2023 where R'Bonney Gabriel of USA will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.