IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2018 national costumes

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NATIONAL COSTUMES. The ladies of Miss Universe 2018 show-off their costumes before flying to Thailand. Screenshots from the candidates' Instagram accounts

MANILA, Philippines – The Miss Universe pageant is a few weeks away and the ladies are getting themselves ready for the biggest competition of their lives.

As part of the preparations, contestants unveiled the national costumes they’ll be wearing during the pageant. The national costume has no bearing in the pageant but has been one of the most anticipated parts of the show. The costume portion is often taped and shown during the opening of pageant night.

The Asian delegates have always put on a show during the presentation and this year’s picks were no exemption.

Thailand

Ning Sophida, this year’s host, proudly showed off Chang, the Icon of Siam.

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Chang the Icon of Siam

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Malaysia

The country’s delegate Jane Teoh said the costume she’ll be wearing was inspired by the  Bangau Perahu. The costume was made by designer Salleh Hamid.


 

 

Korea

Baek Ji Hyun presented her national costume for the competition.


 

 

Cambodia

Nat Rern will wear a costume called “Cambodia, King of Wonder.”

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សូមជម្រាបជូនថានេះគឺជាឈុតប្រពៃណីផ្លូវការរបស់បវរកញ្ញាចក្រវាលកម្ពុជាដែលមានឈ្មោះថា "កម្ពុជាព្រះរាជាណាចក្រអច្ឆរិយ" ឈុតនេះទាក់ទងទៅនឹងការកកើតទឹកដីកម្ពុជាតំបូង ដែលរឿន ណាត ប្រៀបដូចជានាងនាគ។ ដែលឈុតនេះចំណាយប្រហែលជា៣០០០ ដុល្លា នឹង ច្នៃឡើងដោយហាង ម៉ាដាម បូទីក។ លក្ខណៈពិសេសនៃឈុតនេះមិនត្រឹមតែបង្ហាញម៉ូតសម្លៀកបំពាក់ក្បាច់ខ្មែរនោះទេ គឺមានផែនទីប្រទេសកម្ពុជា រូបអង្គរវត្ត ដើមត្នោត នឹងទង់ជាតិប្រទេសកម្ពុជាផងដែរ។ បើអ្នកទាំងអស់គ្នាមើលអោយបានលំអិតនឹងដឹងថាឈុតនេះមានអត្ថន័យជាងឈ្មោះទៅទៀត។ Official National Costume Miss Universe Cambodia 2018 name "Cambodia Kingdom of Wonder"  តើអ្នកទាំងអស់គ្នាពេញចិត្តដែររឺទេ? #misscambodia#missuniverse#missuniverso#missuniverse2018#missuniversecambodia#cambodia#khmer#beautyqueen#beautypageant#nationalcostume

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Japan

It was only fitting for the country’s representative Yuumi Kato to go as Sailor Moon, a beloved anime character.


 

 

Vietnam

Food is a huge part of Vietnamese culture – as evidenced by H’hen Nie’s decision to dress up as a banh mi vendor.


 

 

Indonesia

Birds of Paradise was the inspiration for Miss Indonesia Sonia Citra’s national costume.


 

 

Philippines

Our very own Catriona Gray has decided to keep it a secret for the time being. Jearson Demavivas, who designed her national costume for Binibining Pilipinas, is also doing her costume for this year’s pageant.


 

 

The Latin American delegates weren’t far behind, with Puerto Rico and Panama showing off their national costumes.

Panama


 

Puerto Rico


 

Peru


 

Ecuador


 

South Africa’s Tamaryn Green’s costume is inspired by the Blue Crane


 

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on December 17 in Thailand (December 16 US time). – Rappler.com