Miss Universe 2021: Nigeria’s Rep Pays Homage to Igbo Masquerade in Costume Made of Beads, Stones, Crafts

Miss Universe 2021: Nigeria’s Rep Pays Homage to Igbo Masquerade in Costume Made of Beads, Stones, Crafts

  • Maristela Okpala, Nigeria's representative at the ongoing Miss Universe beauty pageant has got people talking
  • A video of one of Maristela's costume at the event was recently spotted on social media and Nigerians are hailing her
  • The young woman wore a costume that paid attention to the strong will of women in attaining heights irrespective of obstacles

Maristela Okpala, Nigeria's representative at the 2021 Miss Universe beauty pageant paid homage to a female masquerade from the southeastern part of Nigeria called Mmanwa.

The young woman donned a creation inspired by the masquerade and she revealed that the outfit is made of African beads, stones, and crafts.

Explaining the reason for her costume, Maristela said she sees a reflection of her purpose in the masquerade Mmanwa who protects children and women against any form of abuse.

Maristela Okpala
Maristela Okpala, Miss Universe Nigeria dons a masqurade costume at beauty pageant. Photos: @mariselle24
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Maristella noted that Mmanwa is a female masquerade costume that's designed for ceremonial and festive purposes to celebrate the rich cultural heritage in Nigeria while paying a closer attention to the strength women posses.

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She wrote:

"The 3ft tribal mask with the colorful ancient back cape. With Mmanwa’s Face boldly crested on the mask and cape.
"It represents the beautiful Mmanwa who fought tirelessly to stop girl child mutilation and child slavery while the colorful patterns and embellishments portrays the african dashiki which offers a visual appeal and forms meant to invoke the ancestral spirits."

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See a video of Maristela showcasing the costume below:

Nigerians hail Maristela


"Ayeeeee. she killed it."


"Beautiful. Daring."


"Making us proud."


"Beautiful ...I pray she wins."


"This is beautiful."


"This is really awesome!"


"This is soo creative."





Actress Regina Askia represents Nigeria at 1990 Miss International pageant in Japan

An epic throwback video of actress Regina Askia back when she had a thriving career as a beauty pageant queen was spotted online.

In the clip, Askia was spotted representing Nigeria alongside other contestants at the Miss International pageant which took place in Osaka, Japan, in the year 1990.

The actress who has now taken up a profession in the medical field was sighted cat-walking on the stage before she finally took her position.

Source: Legit.ng

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