Anhelina Usanova amazed spectators with "cosmic" dress inspired by Ukrainian starry sky in the finals of Miss Universe 2023
On the night of November 19, El Salvador hosted the grand finale of Miss Universe 2023, where 20 finalists competed for the main crown of the contest. Unfortunately, Ukraine's Anhelina Usanova was not among them. The woman did not make it to the top 20, but still took the stage in the finals and demonstrated her new luxurious look.
For the traditional final appearance of all the participants, during which the new Miss Universe titleholder is announced, it was necessary to develop a space-themed outfit. Anhelina's impressive dress was created by the world-famous Ukrainian designer FROLOV, whose clients include Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, Måneskin, Jamala and others. The Ukrainian delegation announced this on Instagram.
For the grand finale, the Ukrainian representatives decided to combine the space theme of the competition with Ukrainian motifs. They were inspired by folklore, in particular by the well-known song lines "The night is so starry that you may pick up needles..."
"Ukraine is our universe. This is the main metaphor embedded in the evening dress. In this look, we recreated the Ukrainian starry sky, which is an important part of our folklore... Our decision was to avoid the black color of the Cosmos, adding more light and hope. Therefore, we chose the dark blue shade of the sky as the basis, which merges with the color of the planet Earth ," Ivan Frolov on the idea behind the dress.
We can see stars hand-embroidered with crystals on a dress. It turns out that the location of each of them corresponds to real constellations that can be seen in the night sky of Ukraine. The Ukrainian beauty's gloves are inlaid with the same stars.
Even though Anhelina failed to make it to the semifinals and the finals, Ukrainians say that our country presented some of the best looks at the competition without any doubts. Each of Usanova's dresses or costumes not only looked flawless but also had a deep meaning, a true story, and hidden symbols.
The audience was especially impressed by the national costume called "Berehynia Matu" (Goddess of pre-Christian times). Individual elements of the costume were designed and printed on a 3D printer. About 45,000 decorative stones were used. In total, it took 1.5 months to create the symbolic dress. Usanova presented it on the catwalk on November 16.
You could see a print in the form of white clouds on a blue canvas, symbolizing a peaceful sky without missiles. The costume itself is made in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. However, instead of yellow, we see gold. This is a kind of armor that also means the strength and indestructibility of our people. In her hands, Anhelina held a figure of a golden angel, symbolizing Ukrainian children unprotected from the war.
By the way, the winner in the Best National Costume category, just like last year, is chosen by the audience through online voting, which is still ongoing. You can cast your vote for the Ukrainian beauty in the official Miss Universe app.
In addition, Anhelina showed off a dress called Phoenix Rising by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen.
"Ukraine, which they wanted to destroy and burn, rises from the ashes like the Phoenix bird and is reborn in full freedom, true independence and beauty," the Ukrainian delegate commented on her appearance on the catwalk.
Usanova also walked the runway in a swimsuit and an emerald-colored evening gown.
It is worth noting that the Ukrainian entered the top 10 in the Voice of Change nomination. As part of this aspect, Miss Universe judges evaluated the contestants' videos in which they talked about social issues that concern them. Throughout the contest, Usanova raised the issue of Ukrainian children living in the midst of a terrorist war. She also addressed the same topic in her video, which was judged as one of the strongest. In the finals, the gold winners of this nomination were announced, who received cash prizes to solve the problems they raised. Unfortunately, the name of our country's representative was not announced. Three prizes went to delegates from Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Angola.
We would like to remind you that Nicaragua's Sheynnis Palacios became the new Miss Universe. She is a 23-year-old model and morning show host on a local TV channel. He became the first Nicaraguan woman to win the crown at the prestigious pageant. Read more about the winner in the article.
As you know, the competition was not without scandals. Anhelina sat at the same table as a Russian woman at the welcome party in El Salvador. Apparently, the organizers of the contest tried to create the illusion of "friendship" between the participants from the warring countries again.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA wrote about the 10 most beautiful and interesting looks at the national costume contest, including the dress of a Ukrainian woman.