IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates in their national costumes

MANILA, Philippines – After working the stage in their swimsuits and evening gowns, the 86 candidates of Miss Universe 2016 had some fun as they showed off their national costumes to the audience at the Mall of Asia on Thursday, January 26.

Although it has no bearing on the final score, the national costume is one of the most anticipated portions of the competition. Countries are given a chance to show off their culture thorugh the outfits they are wearing.

Check out some of the colorful national costumes from the night! 

Lindita Idrizi, Miss Albania 2016
Luisa Baptista, Miss Angola 2016
Estefania Bernal, Miss Argentina 2016
Charlene Leslie, Miss Aruba 2016
Caris Tiivel, Miss Australia 2016
Dajana Dzinic, Miss Austria 2016
Cherell Williamson, Miss Bahamas 2016
Shannon Harris, Miss Barbados 2016
Stephanie Geldof, Miss Belgium 2016
Rebecca Rath, Miss Belize 2016
Antonella Moscatelli Saucedo, Miss Bolivia 2016
Raissa Santana, Miss Brazil 2016
Erika Creque, Miss British Virgin Islands 2016
Siera Bearchell, Miss Canada 2016
Monyque Brooks, Miss Cayman Islands 2016
Catalina Paz Caceres, Miss Chile 2016
Li Zhen Ying, Miss China 2016
Andrea Tovar, Miss Colombia 2016
Carolina Duran, Miss Costa Rica 2016
Barbara Filipovic, Miss Croatia 2016
Chanelle de Lau, Miss Curacao 2016
Andrea Bezdekova, Miss Czech Republic 2016
Christina Mikkelsen, Miss Denmark 2016
Sal Garcia, Miss Dominican Republic 2016
Connie Jimenez, Miss Ecuador 2016
Shirly Karvinen, Miss Finland 2016
Iris Mittenaere, Miss France 2016
Nuka Karalashvili, Miss Georgia 2016
Johanna Acs, Miss Germany 2016
Muneka Joy Cruz Taisipic, Miss Guam 2016

 

Jaime-Lee Faulkner, Miss Great Britain 2016
Soyini Fraser, Miss Guyana 2016
Raquel Pelissier, Miss Haiti 2016
Sirey Moran, Miss Honduras 2016
Veronika Bodizs, Miss Hungary 2016
Raquel Pelissier, Miss Haiti 2016
Veronika Bodizs, Miss Hungary 2016
Roshmitha Harimurthy, Miss India 2016
Kezia Warouw, Miss Indonesia 2016
Yam Kaspers Anshel, Miss Israel 2016
Sophia Sergio, Miss Italy 2016
Isabel Dalley, Miss Jamaica 2016
Sari Nakazawa, Miss Japan 2016
Darina Kulsitova, Miss Kazakhstan 2016
Mary Esther Were, Miss Kenya 2016
Jenny Kim, Miss Korea 2016
Darina Kulsitova, Miss Kazakhstan 2016
Camila Barraza, Miss Kosovo 2016
Mary Esther Were, Miss Kenya 2016
Kiran Jassal, Miss Malaysia 2016
Martha Fenech, Miss Malta 2016
Kristal Silva, Miss Mexico 2016
Htet Htet Htun, Miss Myanmar 2016
Lizelle Esterhuizen, Miss Namibia 2016
Zoey Ivory, Miss Netherlands 2016
Kushboo Ramnawaj, Miss Mauritius 2016
Tania Dawson, Miss New Zealand 2016
Marina Jacoby, Miss Nicaragua 2016
Christina Waage, Miss Norway 2016
Unoaku Anyadike, Miss Nigeria 2016
Andrea Melgarejo, Miss Paraguay 2016
Maxine Medina, Miss Philippines 2016
Valeria Piazza, Miss Peru 2016
Flavia Brito, Miss Portugal 2016
Brenda Jimenez, Miss Puerto Rico 2016
Cheryl Chou, Miss Singapore 2016
Hawa Kamara, Miss Sierra Leone 2016
Zuzana Kollarova, Miss Slovak Republic 2016
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, Miss South Africa
Nohelia Freirie, Miss Spain 2016
Jayathi De Silva, Miss Sri Lanka 2016 d
Ida Ovmar, Miss Sweden 2016
Jihan Dimack, Miss Tanzania 2016
Chalita Suansane, Miss Thailand 2016
Alena Spodynyuk, Miss Ukraine 2016
Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016
Magdalena Cohendet, Miss Uruguay 2016
Carolyn Carter, Miss US Virgin Islands 2016
Mariam Habach, Miss Venezuela 2016
Le Hang, Miss Vietnam 2016

– Rappler.com