Miss Universe Nigeria, Maristella Okpala, has made Nigeria proud after she won the best National Costume at the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.
The 28-year-old beauty queen, who donned an outfit inspired by the ‘Mmanwa’ masquerade from Southeastern Nigeria, was named winner of the National Costume of the recently concluded event which took place in Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12.
Taking to her Instagram page, Maristella disclosed that she choose the female masquerade costume because she sees a self reflection of her cause because ‘Mwanwa’ also protects children and women against any form of abuse.
The costume was designed by a Filipino fashion student, Kenny Gasper, and it featured a beaded headpiece, an ornate tribal mask, and an ancient back cape.
The Designer took to Facebook to celebrate after his design worn by Maristella, was announced Best in National Costume.
He wrote: “Thank you Lord. I still can’t believe it. I cried while hugging my mom.. thank you to all who greeted!”