During the “national costume” of the annual event that ended Sunday in Florida, the three contestants released messages alluding to Asia’s anti-hatred, discrimination against the LGBTQ community and the political crisis in Asia. Myanmar
From left to right: Miss Universe Bernadette Belle Ong, Miss Universe Myanmar Ma Thuzar Wint Lwin, Miss Universe Uruguay Lola de los Santos during the Miss Universe 2021 national costume show. credit: Getty Images
At the most dramatic moment of the Miss Universe Singapore pageant, Bernadette Belle-en walked the runway wearing a gown inspired by the colors of the Singapore flag, before turning to make a call. Give “Stop Hating Asia
Lola de los Santos, Miss Universe Uruguay, showed its support to the LGBTQ community with a rainbow-colored dress and skirt. “There is no longer any hatred, violence, rejection of discrimination.”
Thuzar Wint Lwin, Miss Universe Myanmar, instead of using her dress to express her message. As she went on stage dressed in a beaded and intricately embroidered gown, she bowed to the audience before revealing a call to “pray” for her country.
Miss Universe Singapore Bernadette Bleu wears an Arwin Meriales x Paulo Pilapil Espinosa robe with the hashtag “#StopAsianHate”. credit: Rodrigo Varela / Getty Images
Ong’s glittering bodysuit with puffy sleeves and thigh-high boots was designed by Filipino designers Arwin Meriales and Paulo Pilapil Espinosa in just two days, she wrote on Instagram.
Miss Universe Uruguay Lola de los Santos holds a rainbow skirt to support the LGBTQ + community at Miss Universe 2021. credit: Rodrigo Varela / Getty Images
Mexico’s contestant Andrea Meza is crowned the winner of this year’s Miss Universe, held in Hollywood, Florida.