The 18 best looks the Miss Universe 2019 contestants wore to compete in the pageant

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Miss South Africa at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images
  • The 2019 Miss Universe pageant was held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday.
  • The contestants wore a variety of outfits during the competition, including a swimwear or athletic look, an evening gown, and a final piece for the night.
  • Many of the contestants used fashion as a way to show off their unique styles.
  • Miss France, for example, channeled the 1920s in a tiered gown, while Miss Colombia opted for a dress with daring cutouts.
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Shweta Sekhon, Miss Malaysia, wore a floral ensemble that included a table covered in food.

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Miss Malaysia at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Patrick Prather/Miss Universe

The 22-year-old model and hockey player paid tribute to Malaysia’s Peranakan culture with her national costume.


Vartika Singh of India looked stunning in a red-and-gold outfit.

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Miss India at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Patrick Prather/Miss Universe

The contestant is 26 years old and has a master’s degree in public health.


Mariana Jesica Varela, Miss Argentina, dazzled in a beaded outfit, crown, and feathered attachment.

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Miss Argentina at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Patrick Prather/Miss Universe

The 23-year-old aims to promote equality around the world and end gender-based violence.


Shubila Stanton of Tanzania stepped onstage wearing a three-dimensional costume that looked like armour.

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Miss Tanzania at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Patrick Prather/Miss Universe

The 23-year-old is all about the environment and hopes to combat climate change.


From Ukraine, Anastasiia Subbota wore a green dress that featured rounded wings and a large hat.

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Miss Ukraine at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Patrick Prather/Miss Universe

The 26-year-old model frequently works with organisations that support veterans, children, and people coping with mental health issues.


Priya Serrao, Miss Australia, donned a sleeveless gown and feathered bracelets.

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Miss Australia at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Alex Mertz/Miss Universe

Serrao is 27 years old and the first Indian-Australian to be crowned Miss Universe Australia.


Lora Asenova of Bulgaria looked glamorous in a baby-pink dress with a sheer bodice made of flowers.

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Miss Bulgaria at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Alex Mertz/Miss Universe

The 25-year-old has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in e-business.


Barbora Hodačová, Miss Czech Republic, hit the stage in a blue minidress embellished with leaves and a long train.

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Miss Czech Republic at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Alex Mertz/Miss Universe

When she’s not competing in pageants or studying law, Hodačová works with a children’s cancer foundation.


Bilgi Aydogmus, Miss Turkey, donned a regal red-and-gold dress with a matching crown.

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Miss Turkey at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Alex Mertz/Miss Universe

The 23-year-old contestant graduated from the Istanbul University Faculty of Law, and now works to protect children’s rights.


Bria Smith, Miss British Virgin Islands, was surrounded by pink flowers while wearing a sparkling gown.

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Miss British Virgin Islands at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Alex Mertz/Miss Universe

The 26-year-old currently works as an adjunct lecturer and advocate for the preservation of her home nation.


Maëva Coucke from France invoked the 1920s in a tiered gown with rows of sparkling fringe.

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Miss France at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. VALERIE MACON / Contributor / Getty Images

The 25-year-old currently works as France’s secretary of equality between women and men.


Cheslie Kryst of the United States sparkled in a baby-pink jumpsuit.

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Miss USA at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images

At 28 years old, Kryst works as an attorney, television host, and fashion blogger.


Kryst later took the stage in a snakeskin bikini and tan heels.

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Miss USA at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images

The contestant also wore a black cape covered in colourful writing and drawings.


Gabriela Tafur Nader, Miss Colombia, wore one of the most daring gowns of the night: a long-sleeved blue dress with two cutouts at the waist.

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Miss Columbia at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images

Nader is a 24-year-old lawyer who’s been granted the keys to five cities in Colombia.


Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa, rocked the swimsuit portion in a colourful two-piece and cape.

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Miss South Africa at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. VALERIE MACON / Contributor / Getty Images

The 26-year-old contestant is passionate about ending gender-based violence and stereotypes.


The pageant winner also turned heads in a bedazzled, baby-blue minidress with a halter-style top.

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Miss South Africa at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images

She paired the outfit with dangling earrings and her country’s sash.


Sylvie Silva of Portugal opted for a sleeveless dress with sparkling fringe and a thigh-high slit.

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Miss Portugal at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images

The 20-year-old contestant has plans to pursue a career in landscape architecture.


Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir, Miss Iceland, chose a white-and-gold minidress.

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Miss Iceland at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images

At 20 years old, Þórhallsdóttir is the first-ever biracial winner of Miss Universe Iceland.