IN PHOTOS: The showstopping national costumes at Miss Universe 2019

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IN PHOTOS: The showstopping national costumes at Miss Universe 2019

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From quirky to political, here are the best costumes from this year's Miss Universe pageant

MANILA, Philippines – Following the preliminary competition at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on Decembe 7 (December 6), the candidates of Miss Universe 2019 showcased their national costumes. Some of them expressed their political stands on issues affecting their countries. (IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2019 national costumes)

Aside from the Philippines’ Gazini Ganados, who came out in a Philippine eagle-inspired costume by Cary Santiago, here are some contestants who got everyone’s attention: 

Bangladesh’s Shirin Akter’s costume was inspired by the rickshaw and the colors of her country’s flag.

Shirin Akter, Miss Bangladesh 2019


Brazil’s Julia Horta paid homage to one of the country’s popular woman football players – Martha – in a football jersey representing the country’s colors. Julia carried with her a banner that said “Stop violence against women.”

Julia Horta, Miss Brazil 2019



The costume of Cambodia’s Alyna Somnang was inspired by a 12th century woman who was married to the man who built Angkor Wat.  

Alyna Somnang, Miss Cambodia 2019

Canada’s Alyssa Boston wore a costume inspired by the legalization of cannabis in the country.

Alyssa Boston, Miss Canada 2019

Check Miss Costa Rica Paola Chacon Fuentes’ national costume was inspired by the painted carretas of her country.

Paola Chacon Fuentes, Miss Costa Rica 2019

Zuleika Soler of El Salvador got everyone’s eye with her national costume.

Zuleika Soler, Miss El Salvador 2019

India’s Vartika Singh wore a costume inspired by an Indian princess.

Vartika Singh, Miss India 2019

Laos’ representatives have been known to bring show-stopping costumes. Vichitta Phonevilay’s elephant costume coupled with a banner addressing the fires in the Amazon forest brought forth among the strongest applause from the audience.

Vichitta Phonevilay, Miss Laos 2019 on stage during the National Costume Show at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on Friday, December 6, 2019. 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 Atlanta. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019 live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Checkout the costume of Shweta Sekhon from Malaysia.

Shweta Sekhon, Miss Malaysia 2019

Gunzaya Bat-Erdene of Mongolia shows off her national costume.

Gunzaya Bat-Erdene, Miss Mongolia 2019

Myanmar’s Swe Zin Htet wore a costume inspired by the corn harvest and bull of her country.

Swe Zin Htet, Miss Myanmar 2019

Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson’s costume was inspired by the country’s national flower.

Madison Anderson, Miss Puerto Rico 2019 o

Singapore’s Mohanaprabha Selvam’s costume was also inspired by the country’s national flower.

Mohanaprabha Selvam, Miss Singapore 2019

The costume of South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi was adorned with love letters from South Africa’s women.

Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019


Paweensuda Drouin wore a costume inspired by the ghost festival in the north of Thailand.

Paweensuda Drouin, Miss Thailand 2019


Cheslie Kryst of USA wore a costume inspired by the country’s national bird and some of her country’s famous women.

Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019

Vietnam’s Thuy Hoang, meanwhile, went for quirky with a phin filter costume.

Thuy Hoang, Miss Vietnam 2019



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