IN PHOTOS: The national costumes at Miss Universe 2017
IN PHOTOS: The national costumes at Miss Universe 2017
See the candidates' in colorful outfits representing their respective countries

MANILA, Philippines – The 92 candidates of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant showed off their respective national costumes last Saturday, November 18 (broadcast a week later, early Sunday, November 26 in Manila).

The Philippines’ bet Rachel Peters showed off the gold sarimanok ensemble by fashion designer Val Taguba. (LOOK: Rachel Peters’ national costume for Miss Universe 2017)


Asian countries also showed off their culture and traditions via their bets’ national costumes. Myanmar wowed the audience with her gigantic costume, mimicking a traditional theater.

Myanmar's Zun Than Sin in her national costume


Thailand’s Maria Poonlertlarp came out in an outfit inspired by Thailand’s God of Thunder.

Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp debuts her national costume


Malaysia’s Samantha James wore a costume inspired by the country’s national dish, the nasi lemak.

Samantha James, Miss Malaysia 2017 debuts her National Costume on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 18, 2017. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Las Vegas, NV. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26, live from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization


China, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Laos were also represented.

Miss Cambodia By Sotheary

Miss China Roxette Qiu

Miss Indonesia Bunga Jelitha's costume has an environmental theme

Miss Lao Souphaphone Somvichith


Japan’s Momoko Abe’s costume was inspired by both the kimono and the Japanese samurai warrior. 

Miss Japan Momoko Abe

The countries from North America, South America, and the Caribbean went bold with their colorful costumes.

Miss Barbados Lesley Chapman-Andrews

Miss Costa Rica Elena Correa

Miss Honduras April Tobie

Miss USA Kara McCullough

Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters debuted her national costume inspired by their country’s national flower.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters


The coronation night of the Miss Universe pageant will be telecast on Monday, November 27, Philippine time. –


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