The heat in Sao Paulo, Brasil began to boil when 89 contestants from all over the world paraded their national costume in the Miss Universe 2011 Beauty Pageant preliminary on 7 September 2011. This event not only showcased the culture of the candidates but also the prowess of the designer. The final stage of the Miss Universe 2011 will be held at Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo, Brasil on 12 September 2011.
Some of the contestants in their national costume:
Miss South Africa
Miss South Korea
Most of the award for Best in National Costume went to candidates from Asia, Central and South America. Last year's winner was Miss Thailand.