Côte d’Ivoire’s Olivia Yacé to recite the story of ‘Akan Women’ through her national costume at Miss World 2021

30 Nov 2021 | Priya Bhardwaj

Miss World Côte d’Ivoire 2021 Olivia Yacé has revealed the national costume that she is showcasing at the ongoing Miss World 2021 pageant in Puerto Rico. Her traditional costume tells the story of the AKAN woman of Côte d’Ivoire.

Olivia took to her social media as she explained the importance of her national costume. She wrote, “This traditional outfit tells the story of the AKAN woman of Côte d’Ivoire. It represents the beauty, femininity, and braveness embodied by the women of this ethnic group. This costume, which was totally handmade and carefully crafted with AKAN woven loincloth, celebrates the woman as a child-bearer and a life-giver.”



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“The cowrie shells that make up the center piece come from the ocean and symbolize creation, life, and protection. They are interlaced and run all along the body to portray the beautiful waves and waterfalls of Côte d’Ivoire. The headdress represents a calabash full of water that the AKAN woman carries on her head as she returns from the river. It is a source of life, and it symbolizes hard work. The orange background color of the costume evokes the flag of Côte d’Ivoire as a symbol of patriotism. The orange stripe of the Ivorian orange-white-green flag expresses the splendor of national blossoming”, she explained.

Olivia Yace was crowned Miss World Côte d’Ivoire 2021 at the final held at Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire on 4th September 2021. 23-year-old Olivia is a marketing and management major from Yamoussoukro. The finale of Miss World 2021 will be held on 16th December 2021 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, José Miguel Agrelot where Toni-Ann Singh will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.