Miss El Salvador wears Bitcoin-themed costume to Miss Universe

Miss El Salvador wears Bitcoin-themed costume to Miss Universe

Alejandra Guajardo represented El Salvador in a Bitcoin-inspired costume during a preliminary round of the 71st Miss Universe pageant.

"You don't need a sash when you are dressed as cash," an announcer at the 71st Miss Universe pageant said when Alejandra Guajardo represented El Salvador in a Bitcoin-themed outfit.

Wielding a staff with a Bitcoin on top and a Colón — her country’s former currency — strapped to her back, the Miss El Salvador 2022 titleholder made a dramatic ramp appearance during one of the preliminary rounds of the global event in New Orleans.

“This look represents El Salvador’s history of currency,” the host explained. “For a long time, cocoa was used, and then the colón, until it was replaced by the U.S. dollar.”

Then, of course, came Bitcoin.

Sharing a video of her ramp walk on Instagram, Guajardo wrote: "The evolution of the Salvadoran monetary system throughout all these years is a testament to the way Salvadorans have transformed their economy at different stages of their history.”

In 2021, El Salvador became the first country to make Bitcoin a legal tender - a move that sent the country’s economy plummeting after the world’s most popular cryptocurrency fell by over 50 percent.

The country’s state of affairs manifested previously in another costume when the model symbolically called for justice of women murdered in the country during the Miss Universe pageant last year.

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The Miss Universe 2022 pageant is set to take place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14.

Contestants from 84 countries and territories will compete for the crown, which will be presented by Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu.

India is being represented at the pageant’s showcase event by Karnataka model Divita Rai, who previously won the Liva Miss Diva Universe in 2022.

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