The national costume competition is one of the most awaited segments of the Miss Universe for its combination of extragavant fashion and wacky, over-the-top concepts. And the national costumes at the 69th Miss Universe are no expection. Some used the pageant stage to share a powerful, political message. The others simply wanted to entertain.
Rabiya Mateo’s Philippine flag-inspired costume has some fans among pageant denizens, but other contestants brought their A-game to the stage as well. Here are all the looks presented at the 69th Miss Universe national costume competition:
All photos by Miss Universe Organization/Benjamin Askinas