IN PHOTOS: The national costumes at Miss Universe 2017

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)

 

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 u0026 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 u0026 Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Samantha James, Miss Malaysia 2017 debuts her National Costume on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort u0026 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 u0026 Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become the next Miss Universe.

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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. – Rappler.com

 

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