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Which Country Has Won the Most National Costume Titles at Miss Universe?

Or should we say, countries.
ILLUSTRATOR WARREN ESPEJO
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Another year, another Miss Universe pageant. Despite the ongoing health crisis, the show is a go, and this year’s extravaganza is being held in Florida, USA.

On Friday, 74 of the most beautiful women on the planet (or is it the universe?) gathered for the traditional national costume competition. Which got us wondering: pageant watchers are aware of the number of Miss Universe titles each country has won over the years. But which country has won the most titles for Best National Costume?

There’s not much data about this specific award in the Miss Universe pageant, so to find the answer, we scoured the official Wikipedia page of the countries that have competed on Miss Universe and counted how many times each country has bagged the title over the years. We also verified the count with external sources (including pageant website pageantopolis.com, which is now-defunct).

The first time the award for Best National Costume was handed out was in 1962, when England took home the title. (Bolivia was listed as having won it in 1959, but we couldn’t find another source to back up that claim, so we are not including that win here).

Based on this tally, there is a tie for most number of Best National Costume titles: Colombia, and Thailand, with six each.

There’s a three-way tie for second place, with Brazil, Panama, and South Korea each winning the award four times.

Eight countries have taken home the title for Best National Costume twice, while 13 countries have won it at least once.

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Photo by Warren Espejo.

This year’s winner of Best National Costume will be revealed during the finals of Miss Universe 2020, which will be held on Sunday, May 16 in the US (Monday, May 17 in Manila).

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