Nigeria representative at Miss Universe, Maristella Okpala took home the Best in National Costume award with a design by Filipino fashion student Kenny Gasper.

Inspired by the famous traditional masquerade of Nigeria’s Mmwana tribe, the elaborate ensemble included a beaded headdress and an intricate tribal mask with a colorful ancient back cape.

The 70th Miss Universe pageant, which was held on December 12, 2021 in Eilat, Israel started with a preliminary competition.