Miss Universe 2020 National Costume competition is drawing lots of attention to political crisis and current social issues happening in the world.
74 participants have travelled from around the globe to enter the beauty pageant, which is currently taking place in Miami, Florida. The beauty queens representing their respective countries are vying for the coveted Miss Universe 2020 title, as they compete in various challenges such as the best costume, best catwalk and Q&A segment.
Myanmar's beauty queen Thuzar Wint Lwin, who lost her costume in shipping resorted to a pared-down outfit on the runway. Wearing a beaded national costume, she flashed a placard that said, "Pray for Myanmar" in black ink.
Philippine-born Singaporean Bernadette Belle Wu Ong sashayed down the runway in a glitzy red costume. As she turned her back, her long cape revealed the words #StopAsianHate, as a reference to the attacks on Asians in various cities in the world.
Do you have a favourite national costume? Vote for your favourite national costumes worn by beauty queens in Southeast Asia and check back for the results!
The finals will premiere exclusively on iQiyi app and at iq.com for free on 18 May.
Sarita Reth's 'God of Unity' national costume
Thuzar Wint Lwin's traditional national costume which showcased Burmese weaves
Ayu Maulida Putri's Komodo-dragon themed outfit
Christina Lasasimma's fierce national costume
Francisca Luhong James' traditional Malay kampung house outfit
Rabiya Mateo's feathery national costume outfit
Bernadette Belle Wu Ong's #StopAsianHate outfit
Amanda Obdam's Siamese fighting fish outfit
Khanh Van Nguyen Tran's outfit is a tribute to the silk-weaving industry