Miss Croatia has arrived for El Salvador ahead of the Miss Universe pageant.
23-year-old Andrea Erjavec, who departed from Zagreb Airport on Friday, will represent Croatia at the 72nd edition of the Miss Universe pageant which will take place in New Orleans on November 18.
Andrea is a fifth-year student of primary education at the Faculty of Education and is excited to be representing her country.
“I am very excited and can’t wait to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! I have never traveled outside of Europe before, and this will be a truly unique experience for me, not just because of the beautiful country I am traveling to, but also because of the opportunity to meet girls from nearly 90 countries,” Andrea told us.
In El Salvador, Andrea will wear a national costume inspired by the natural beauties of the Croatan region of Lika.
“This year’s national costume is completely different from all before. Our inspiration was the natural beauty of Lika, where we have two national parks: Plitvice Lakes and Velebit, the Gacka River, the continental, green Lika that captivates us with the richness of all shades of green, and on the other hand, we have the rugged cliffs of Velebit and rocks that plunge into the crystal-clear sea and seem to emerge again on the island of Pag. The complete opposite of these bare rocks are the delicate yellow flowers of Velebit Degenia, a protected and endemic plant, which is the central part of the costume. To give the costume a touch of tradition, Andrea will wear an original Lika cap on her head,” Marija Kraljević said.
In addition to the national costume, Andrea will also wear Bariba, Baldinini shoes, Pletix swimsuits and an evening dress by Matija Vuica. She will also wear jewellery from Zlatarna Dodić.
In her suitcases she also took gifts for all the other contestants.
“I am carrying many gifts prepared by the Croatian Tourist Board. There are licitar hearts, lavender sachets, and environmentally friendly canvas shopping bags.”
Although Andrea has only a few exams left until graduation, she is already looking forward to continuing her education and enrolling in an MBA program at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management next fall.
The Miss Universe 2023 pageant will take place on 18 November at the National Gymnasium in San Salvador. R’Bonney Gabriel of the United States will crown her successor.