Tuesday 6 December 2016

Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper stands out from the crowd in bizarre national costume at Miss Universe

Published 18/12/2015 | 08:05

Joanna Cooper, Miss Ireland 2015 debuts her National Costume on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Picture: The Miss Universe Organization
Joanna Cooper, Miss Ireland 2015 debuts her National Costume on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Picture: The Miss Universe Organization
Joanna Cooper's eye-catching national costume at Miss Universe
Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper in the swimsuit round at Miss Universe
Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper and Miss Great Britain i n their national costumes at Miss Universe
Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper in the swimsuit round at Miss Universe

Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper sure knows how to stand out from the crowd.

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The 21-year-old pageant queen is continuing Ireland's tradition of creating dramatic national costume ensembles, designed by rising Irish designers.

For the national costume round of the international pageant, she donned a nude embellished body stocking with yellow and green ribbons, sequins and dramatic yellow pleated wings.

As she entered the stage, she wore a full length green hood in the Eamon McGill designed piece. Sharing a pouty snap of her behind the scenes, she said: "I swear I'm a lot happier than I look in this photo. My national costume was amazing, thanks so much @eamonnmcgilldesign - you're too talented."

Joanna Cooper's eye-catching national costume at Miss Universe
Joanna Cooper's eye-catching national costume at Miss Universe

Last year, Cork native Lisa Madden wore a 'Celtic Warrior' costume designed by Claire Garvey which also caught attention.

But Joanna, from Derry, is clearly doing something right as she's creating a stir in Sin City and emerging as a hot favourite at Miss Universe.

She has been keeping her 23,000 Instagram followers up to date with all her activity, including a successful turn in the swimwear and evening gown rounds for Thursday night's preliminary final.

The official final takes place on Sunday, December 20 at Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas and Joanna has been hotly tipped throughout the competition to land in the top 15.

Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper and Miss Colombia in their national costumes at Miss Universe
Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper and Miss Colombia in their national costumes at Miss Universe
Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper in the swimsuit round at Miss Universe
Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper in the swimsuit round at Miss Universe

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