Contestants from 93 countries, including Miss Philippines Rachel Peters (center) presented their national costumes for Miss Universe 2017 preliminaries. Photos from Miss Universe Organization.

LOOK: Miss Universe 2017 bets in national costumes
Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo ( - November 21, 2017 - 9:02am

MANILA, Philippines — During the ongoing preliminary competitions of Miss Universe 2017, contestants from 93 countries have showcased their sexiness and creativity in swimwear and national costumes.

From simple to extravagant, the costumes showed the contestants’ diversity and individuality. The way the contestants carried their costumes represented the pride, honor, and creativity of their countries and local designers.

From classy and feminine to funny and witty, here are some of the most unforgettable looks that stood out on the catwalk and could be on the running to win this year’s Best in National Costume.

The Showgirls

Las Vegas is the perfect Miss Universe venue for these showstoppers who wore national costumes showcasing their perfectly toned bodies alongside heavy equipment such as feathered fans and headdresses. Surely, these bets rivaled the Angels of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in China.







It’s all in the head

While there were those who left little to the imagination and highlighted their sexy figures, there were also those who focused on the origins of imagination and highlighted their beauty and brains with headgear whose weight you could only imagine.
















Do not turn your back from these candidates. Let them turn theirs because as the saying goes, “There’s a party at the back!”















The Princesses

These candidates no longer needed crowns in their heads – because they already brought their own! One even donned a cake, reminiscent of a queen in history who said: “Let them eat cake!”















The Warriors

 Don't mess with these beauties who were clad in armor or tribal garb, because some were carrying deadly weapons that probably took some time to get clearance from customs!















Fan girls

We were “fan-girling” Miss Japan’s transforming costume, but we were also blown away by other candidates who brought fans so big, they begged to ask: “Now, who’s hot?”





Do not flag these candidates or mark them as spam; they are simply proud of where they came from.




The cultured

Miss Myanmar seems to be vying for a back-to-back win for the National Costume prize as this year’s candidate reflects last year’s winner. If last year, Miss Myanmar brought an entire puppet theater, this year, the country’s bet brought the entire orchestra with her. Next year, would she bring the entire building?




The simply ‘cute,’ funny or weird

Miss USA defied the laws of physics with her atom-like costume. Meanwhile, you sure want to be bitten by a Dracula as sexy as Miss Romania, or be the one to have a bite at the apple of that candidate in Snow White.

If you are still hungry, Miss Malaysia is literally a walking “Nasi Lemak” in banana leaves. Forgot to bring cutlery? Don’t worry, because she came with a giant spoon and fork!




RELATED: Rachel Peters wears Sarimanok-inspired national costume for Miss Universe

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