The Miss Universe pageant is 64 years old, and one of the most publicized beauty pageants around the world.
Eighty-six beauties from around the world represent their nations in gorgeous traditional costumes at National Costume Show as part of Miss Universe, held in Manila, Philippine.
South Africans are encouraged to vote for Miss South Africa 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, to help her secure a spot in the Miss Universe top 12. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will crown the victor on Sunday night in a star-studded ceremony.
The event held at the Mall of Asia Arena featured contestants in swimsuits, evening gowns and national costumes, with the public in audience.
The final show will be aired on Sunday at 8am in Manila - about midnight on January 29 in the United Kingdom, where it will be screened on Fox TV.
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"She's made it so far already, this girl has been training for months and months leading up to the competition and what she really needs now is encouragement along with the other candidates".
"As the country's representative, Maxine is able to show the beauty, warmth, hope and dignity of the Filipino".
Plus-size model Ashley Graham will also be hosting backstage, while Filipino-Hawaiian vlogger Bretman Rock will serve as the Miss Universe red carpet host.
The last and only time a New Zealander won the coveted International Miss Universe title was in 1983 by Lorraine Downes.
"They are back & ready for anything! We are so happy, honored and proud to have Mr. Harvey in the Philippines", the tourism chief added. It will be interesting to see the reception Harvey receives this year with the pageant in the Philippines. The most stupendous creations were presented by miss china li zhenying, miss france iris mittenaere, miss myanmar htet htet htun, miss indonesia kezia warouw, miss thailand chalita suansane and Miss vietnam dang thi le hang.