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'Dreaming of sky without missiles': Ukraine makes Miss Universe 2023 national costume statement

MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe Ukraine 2023 Angelina Usanova made a statement at the national costume show earlier today in El Salvador.

Angelina walked the runway wearing a sky blue gown while holding a golden baby. 

The show's host said that Ukraine's costume is called "Mother Protector."

In her Instagram account, Angelina said that "children do not start wars, but they are the ones who are unable to defend themselves."

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"This costume is our dedication to the great, sacred, and unconditional love of a mother and the defenselessness of children in the face of war.

"Mothers all over Ukraine are begging and dreaming of a sky without missiles. They pray for the lives of their children, who are mercilessly taken away by the war.

"We dedicate our costume to all mothers of Ukraine who protect their children, refugee mothers, who raise kids without a husband who protect the country at this time, to mothers who lost their children - young or adult - in the war."

According to Miss Universe Ukraine, the blue fabric of the costume is a symbol of a peaceful, quiet sky without rockets. White and milky colors are symbols of peace and blue and yellow are the colors of the flag of Ukraine.

"The golden elements on the costume are the armor that symbolizes the strength of every Ukrainian mother who protects her children.

"The body of a little angel is a symbol of the priceless life of every child. 

"This costume was created to remind the international community about the events in Ukraine and the need for all states to respect international law and the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations," she said.

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