Miss Australia Daria Varlamova wowed in a voluminous blue gown with a towering flower headpiece.
Varlamova’s dramatic ensemble, made by Jonté Designs, featured a semi-sheer bodice with a glittering floral design that paid tribute to Australia’s oceans and native botanicals.
Miss Bahamas Chantel O’Brian rocked a dramatic two-piece covered in beads and feathers.
O’Brian’s national costume featured a sky-high headdress and a billowing multicolored cape with two eyes staring back at you.
Miss Belgium Kedist Deltour looked ready for flight in her feathered national costume.
Deltour’s ensemble, designed by Roman Vandycke, paid tribute to the flags of both Belgium and Ethiopia, where Deltour was born.
Deltour was adopted by a Belgian family when she was 10 after her mother died and her father took her to an orphanage.
Miss Bolivia Nahemi Uequin Antelo dazzled in a nearly sheer bodysuit covered with glittering birds.
The pageant queen paired her shimmering national costume with a dramatic jaguar headpiece that featured plenty of feathers
Miss Brazil Teresa Santos sported a striking all-red ensemble as she walked the Miss Universe stage.
Santos wrote on Instagram that her national costume was inspired by the Pau-Brasil tree.
Real pieces of glass and natural rattan were embroidered into the ensemble to reproduce the look of the treetops.
Miss Cambodia Marady Ngin wowed in a red, green, and orange national costume that paid tribute to Khmer cultural art.
Ngin’s costume was partially inspired by Lkon Khol, a type of masked traditional dance that has been performed for centuries.
Miss Cameroon Michèle-Ange Minkata stunned in a multicolored ensemble covered in beads.
Her national costume featured beads of red, green, and yellow — the colors of the Cameroon flag — and was paired with a dramatic feathered backpiece and headdress.
Miss Cayman Islands Georgina Kerford blossomed in a dramatic yellow-and-pink gown that looked fit for a beautiful garden.
Kerford’s gown was designed by Danielle Alexis and was inspired by wild banana orchids, the national flower of the Cayman Islands.
Miss Colombia Valeria Ayos looked as beautiful as a butterfly in her shimmering yellow-and-purple national costume.
Ayos wrote on Instagram that her national costume was inspired by the yellow butterflies of Colombia, and also pays homage to the Colombian film “Encanto.”
Miss Costa Rica Valeria Rees looked like a butterfly onstage during the costume show.
She wore a long-sleeved gown with a mermaid-style skirt, and it was covered in multicolored sequins from top to bottom.
She also wore a silver headpiece with sparkling fringe and giant blue butterfly wings across her back.
Miss Curaçao Shariëngela Cijntje brought the fire to the Miss Universe National Costume Show.
Cijntje’s look was designed by Jorge Salazar Caliz, and was meant to show the effects of climate change on the island of Curaçao — specifically how its coral reefs are being destroyed.
She also wanted the sparkling red-and-yellow bodysuit to show the beauty of the reefs, and the “intense fire that blazes through the veins of the people of Curaçao,” as she wrote on Instagram.
Miss Czech Republic Karolína Kokešová sent a feminist message with her warrior-inspired ensemble.
As she shared on Instagram, Kokešová said she wanted her look to represent the “heart of a lion.” She wore a faux fur-lined leotard, faux fur boots, and a massive lion headpiece. A shield that said, “Protect women’s rights worldwide,” completed the look.
Miss Ecaudor Susy Sacoto Mendoza honored a fertility goddess with her costume.
Designed by Jefferson Vera, Mendoza’s outfit consisted of an intricately designed dress with an exposed bra, a long cape, a headdress, and a spear.
Miss El Salvador used her costume to raise awareness for victims of femicide and their loved ones.
Francisco Guerrero created the red-and-white costume worn by Alejandra Gavidia. It was designed to transform her into El Salvador’s Monument to the Constitution.
On Instagram, Gavidia said the red handprints on the gown’s skirt were done by people who have been impacted by femicide, and that the dress was beaten and shot to show how the nation’s society has suffered. Additionally, the chains hanging from her shoulder represent obstacles to justice, while her black-and-green blindfold represents mourning and hope.
Miss Finland represented planet Earth onstage.
Essi Unkuri advocated for the environment with her costume, designed by Merja Thil. The garment featured a leotard covered in blue and green sequins, and a yellow collar that wrapped around her shoulders and extended upwards with silver spikes.
Attached to the waist of her leotard was a semi-sheer skirt that, when lifted at her sides, revealed land and sea made from ruffles and the message, “Let’s Save Our Planet.”
Miss France Clémence Botino chose a daring look that honored a legendary woman from her home country.
She wore a bra and underwear covered in crystals, as well as giant feather plumes and bananas extending from her hips. Botino then completed the look with a glittering headpiece, sheer gloves decorated with jewels, and matching sandals.
Designer Manzèl created the look to pay homage to French entertainer and activist Josephine Baker.
Miss Great Britain took inspiration from the country’s national flowers.
April Banbury created the green costume Emma Collingridge wore onstage. It featured a tan leotard covered in green beads, over-the-knee boots, and a matching collar and hat made from leaves and Great Britain’s national flowers: roses, thistles, and daffodils.
As the costume was designed and crafted in Great Britain, it was also meant to show the country’s “respect for the environment.”
Miss Guatemala Dania Guevara Morfin honored two countries in one outfit.
Morfin’s costume honors longtime allies Guatemala and Israel, where the Miss Universe pageant is being hosted this year. It was designed by Otto Mijangos
On Instagram, Morfin said her gold leotard, matching accessories, and green embellishments were created using secondhand materials. She added that it was inspired by a Mayan Goddess who spread the word that Guatemala and Israel are “Pueblos Hermanos,” or Brother Peoples.
Miss Haiti wore a stunning outfit covered in crystals.
Pascale Belony dazzled on the runway in her costume. It had a tan, long-sleeved shirt covered in a crystal-embellished overlay, and a colorful striped skirt with a tall slit that revealed her sparkling tights.
The contestant also wore platform sandal heels, a cream-colored necklace, and a tiara-style headpiece with a red, yellow, and blue halo above it.
Miss Honduras Rose Meléndez mirrored her country’s flag.
With the help of designer Alonso Maximo, Meléndez honored Garifuna culture with her vibrant look. She wore a bedazzled crown with rainbow feathers on top that represented hope, wisdom, intelligence, love, mourning, and more.
There were also snails and pearls attached to her bra and miniskirt to represent womanhood and dried seeds on her calves. The yellow, white, and black fringe across her back is meant to mirror the Garifuna flag, Maximo shared on Instagram.
Miss Iceland added a headpiece that lit up to her runway look.
Elísa Gróa Steinþórsdóttir said on Instagram that the strapless dress she wore during the costume show was inspired by Fagradalsfjall, a volcano in Iceland that erupted for six months straight in 2021.
It was handpainted and created with recycled materials by Kirsten Regalado, who also added a light-up headpiece to create the illusion of flames.
Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu carried an umbrella to represent the multifaceted women of her home.
Sandhu wore a pink lehenga by Abhinav Mishra. The designer said it’s meant to be a “visual representation of a woman that showcases the Indian Queen,” who is “graceful and strong, nurturing and loving, fierce and bold.”
Both the garment and her matching umbrella are covered in mirrors and embroidery. On Instagram, Sandhu said she felt “a sense of empowerment” while wearing it.
Miss Ireland sent a message in support of nurses like herself.
Designer Call Me Sophia created Katharine Walker’s costume, which included a green bedazzled leotard, tan tights, velvet boots, and flags that extended from her waist. The latter part featured the message, “Fair Pay For Nursing,” which is important to Walker as she’s a registered nurse.
“I am not just representing Ireland on this stage, but every single healthcare worker, the real heroes of this world, who go above and beyond caring for others, those who work through their breaks and work overtime for no extra pay, those who help the most vulnerable through their darkest days,” she wrote on Instagram.
Miss Italy rocked sparkles from head to toe.
Caterina Di Fuccia sparkled onstage in a strapless silver gown with a red star across its bodice. On Instagram, the contestant said it was inspired by the Stella d’Italia, or the great star of Italy, which is a part of the country’s emblem.
She also carried an oak branch, another piece of Italy’s emblem, to represent “the strength and dignity of the Italians,” and an olive branch to show “Italy’s will for peace.” The look was designed by Aviad Arik Herman.
Miss Jamaica chose a colorful minidress and a matching headpiece.
Created by Uzuri International, Daena Soares’ costume included a colorful minidress with off-the-shoulder sleeves, a tiered skirt, and a straight neckline — all of which were made from ruffles. The bodice, however, was covered in multicolored sequins and crystals.
The contestant completed the look with a jeweled crown that had red, yellow, and green feathers on top.
Miss Korea Jisu Kim wore a traditional outfit for her time onstage.
Jisu Kim wore a traditional hanbok, made from red fabric with gold designs from top to bottom.
The contestant has a degree in acting and theatrical arts and is also a lifelong golfer. She speaks Korean, English, and German.
Miss Laos incorporated numerous cultural symbols into her outfit.
On Instagram, Tonkham Phonchanheuang said her costume was made from red Lao silk and real gold to create “unique patterns of Laos.”
The flower on her back is a Plumeria alba, the national species of Laos, and her headpiece represents Pha That Luang, a Buddhist stupa.
Miss Malta was inspired by her country’s history and food.
Jade Cini wore a pavaljun, or a decorative street sign, to represent Malta’s traditional feasts, as she wrote on Instagram. Her costume, however, was meant to mimic the Malta Triumphant statue and represent the country’s history.
She said it was created by Christian Caruana and Wendy Caruana.
Miss Namibia was pretty in pink with a daring leotard.
As Chelsi Shikongo wrote on Instagram, her hometown Walvisbay has the largest solar sea-salt company in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, she wanted her costume to represent “the beautiful hues of pink salt pans and their well-loved flamingos.”
It was created by six artists, including Yashena Textile Accessories, and features a striped fabric worn by the Aavambo people.
Miss Nepal Sujita Basnet was inspired by Mother Nature.
Basnet wore a two-piece set with a cropped shirt and long skirt, as well as a large branch atop her head. On Instagram, she said “ethnic symbolism from Nepal’s ‘Himal,’ ‘Pahad,’ and ‘Terai'” was also incorporated into the outfit.
It was designed by Maharjan Vijay.
Miss Nigeria Maristella Okpala’s ensemble was just as impressive from the back as it was from the front.
An oversized backpiece completed the look, which was designed to look like a traditional mask.
Brenda Smith of Panama referenced an iconic mode of transportation from her country with her outfit.
Designed by Daniel Cortina, Smith wore an outfit inspired by Panama’s heavily decorated “diablo rojo” buses, as she shared on Instagram.
Miss Panama’s multicolored backpiece and bedazzled bodysuit made the outfit look like a glowing version of the buses.
Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira’s outfit stood out thanks to sparkles, lights, and sheer cutouts.
Ferreira dazzled in a sparkly minidress that featured sheer cutouts during the National Costume Show.
Designed by Yeruti Acosta Atelier, the outfit was completed with a feathered cape that created the illusion of wings and was embroidered with glowing lights. Ferreira wore a crown as well.
Yely Rivera, who represented Peru, wore a costume that literally glowed.
Her floor-length, sparkly dress featured LED lights, turning her into a glowing figure.
“I’m the White Queen of the Andes honoring my flag and my city bringing to the world a message of unity and Peace,” Rivera wrote of her outfit on Instagram.
Miss Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez dressed as a dragon during the National Costume Show.
Designed by Axel Que, the outfit had a textured cape made to look like scales, a sparkly bodice, and an intricate headpiece that featured a depiction of the moon.
Lalela Mswane of South Africa wowed in an all-white look.
Designed by The Costume Dept., Mswane’s white leotard had giant feathers sprouting from the shoulders, back, and arms. A feathered crown and ballet slippers completed the look.
Hanna Neplyakh’s costume featured traditional Ukranian embroidery.
As Neplyakh shared on Instagram, her dress featured multiple embroidery hoops, nodding to the traditional embroidery of Ukraine.
The backpiece of the dress was also designed to look like an oversized embroidery hoop, with tassels flowing down from it.
Elle Smith, the 2021 Miss USA, dressed as an Emmy Award for the Costume Show.
The look consisted of a gold bodysuit that covered Smith’s head and had wings flowing out from the back, a cape, and a ball she carried as she strutted the catwalk.
Luiseth Materán’s costume was inspired by Venezuela’s national flower.
She paired her sparkly purple-and-green bodysuit with a flower-shaped backpiece, sparkly tights, and green boots that evoked the look of a flower stem.
Kim Duyen’s costume nodded to popular Vietnamese food.
As Duyen shared on Instagram, her ensemble drew inspiration from Bánh tét, a dish served during the Vietnamese holiday Tet.
Designed by NTK Khoa Lỗ, Duyen’s green dress had exposed boning, and it paired with the oversized backpiece that consisted of multiple circles to create a fun and irreverent look.