RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sunday August 7, 2016 – The Olympics have started and the region’s stars are in Rio who are going all out to shine.
But even before any competition kicked off, there were a few Caribbean countries that turned heads and stood out from the more than 200 countries participating in the world’s biggest sporting event. They caught the attention of the spectators and international media not for their athletic talent, but for their style in the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony on Friday.
One made the Huffington Post’s Best Outfits And The Biggest Stars At The 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony which listed 19 countries, and another made that list as well as the even shorter list of eight by EOnline.
But there was one Caribbean country that not only copped spots on those two, but was on USA Today’s 17 Best Parade of Nations outfits.
— IRISHANDCHIN.COM (@IrishandChin) August 6, 2016
The eye-catching look of the uniforms, which came from top local designer Pat Brathwaite, featured on all three lists.
USA Today said: “Colorful? Fun details? A nod to the country’s colors? Barbados has it all, complete with beautiful tailoring and people who know how [to] accessorize.”
The uniform of the country from which the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, hails, got the attention of Huffington Post and EOnline.
The latter was particularly taken by the green and yellow hair of one of the island’s leading athletes, Shelly-Ann Fraser, who led the team. EOnline said: “Never mind the bright colors, look at the flagbearer’s amazing hair!”
— Kelz (@Babybuff29) August 6, 2016
— Team Jamaica (@JamaicaOlympics) August 6, 2016
This Eastern Caribbean nation got a mention on USA Today.
The vests worn by the men in the contingent were a hit.