Malta's Maxine Formosa Gruppetta to wear 'Maltese Lira' costume at 71st Miss Universe


Miss Universe Malta 2022 Maxine Formosa Gruppetta will be wearing the national costume inspired by the Maltese lira at the 71st Miss Universe pageant.

The Maltese lira was the official currency of Malta from 1972 until 2008 when it was officially replaced by the euro. Banknotes issued by the Government of Malta and then by the Central Bank of Malta were written in English up to 1972.

From 1973 to 1985, they were written in Maltese on the obverse (with the currency identified as lira), and in English on the reverse (identifying the currency as pound). Maltese was used on both sides from 1986 to 2007.

Maxine's national costume features a big back piece in the shape of a coin that depicts the Maltese coat of arms signifying the courage and determination of the country. The year 2000 on the coin symbolizes the year when she was born.

Her dress is a collection piece from the world-renowned Maltese fashion designer duo Charles & Ron. It depicts the LM 10 banknote which has been digitally manipulated into graphic design.

The ensemble is completed with boots by Albano and pieces of jewelry from Carisma Collections by popular Maltese sibling jewelry makers.

Maxine will present her national costume at the forthcoming Miss Universe edition in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA this month.

Photos: CP Creative Photography, Maxine Formosa Gruppetta / Instagram

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