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Miss Universe Dominican Republic Sal Garcia National Costume inspired by the work of Dominican Painter Cándido Bidó

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Sal Garcia, Miss Dominican Republic 2016 debuts her National Costume on stage at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Miss Universe Dominican Republic Sal Garcia, debuted her National Costume on stage at the Mall of Asia during last night’s preliminary competition of the Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines. Her National Costume was inspired by the work of Dominican Painter Cándido Bidó and it was designed and created by fashion designer Leonel Lirio with the help of Luis Rivas.

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Miss Universe candidate from Dominican Republic Sal Garcia competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Cándido Bidó, who died in 2011, was one of the most notable painters and fine artist in the Dominican Republic. He was known for his colorful paintings, as well as drawings and sculptures. His Art represented the Dominican people in their natural environment including flowers, birds, fish and homes.

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Pintura del Artista Plastico Dominicano Candido Bido.

After the pageant, the costume is going to be donated to the Cándido Bidó Museum and Art Gallery in the late painter’s hometown of Bonao in the Dominican Republic. The Miss Universe Pageant will be broadcast LIVE tonight at 7:00 PM on FOX. The show will be hosted by Comedian Steve Harvey and Supermodel Ashley Graham will be the backstage correspondent.

What do you guys think of Sal Garcia’s National Costume? We love it! Let me know on the comments and let’s chat!!

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Pintura del artista Dominicano Candido Bido

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for Examiner.com and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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