Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green has unveiled the national dress she will be wearing to the Miss Universe pageant next month. The look was inspired by a blue crane, SA’s national bird.
The 24-year-old worked with the The Costume Department to create the dress, but not everyone is impressed with the light blue outfit. The long-sleeved dress features a blue feather collar and tail.
A headpiece with what appears to be a beak – yes, a beak – completes the strange look.Unlike Miss World South Africa Thulisa Keyi’s Xhosa-inspired dress, which was deemed elegant and beautiful, Tamaryn’s has been described as a hot mess.
“This went terribly wrong please re design make a feather and crystal crown ! Add a nice soft dress to it and make it longer the black leggings doesn’t work and the arm cuffs with feathers also not this does not scream Tamryn green (sic),” one Instagram user commented on Miss SA’s official Instagram account.
Another added: “So I adore Tamaryn and would love for SA to have a b2b win, but I’m not sure how to feel about this costume. The shoes (are) one of the first thing a person notice, it’s not working with the costume AT ALL. Also, I don’t understand why her beautiful face should be covered up behind the mask … Please explain??? This costume does not go well with Tamaryn, sorry (sic).”
While her national costume got a thumbs-down, her evening look, by Galluzzi e Gini, was well received. Tamaryn will be flying to Bangkok, Thailand, in a few days to participate in the Miss Universe pageant, which takes place on December 17.
The medical student shouldn’t feel too down about her national costume’s bad reviews. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters’ costume, which was inspired by SA’s protea flower, received mixed reviews too… and she went on to win Miss Universe!
We’re sure Tamaryn will do us proud as well.