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Indonesia has finally revealed its National Costume for Miss Universe 2017, and it is inspired by one of the extant great apes species, the orang-utan.

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(Photo source: Miss Universe Indonesia’s FB)

Worn by 26-year-old Miss Universe Indonesia, Bunga Jelitha Ibrani, the proud national costume is known as the “Warrior of Orang Utan”, designed by Rinaldy A Yunardi, whose designs have been worn by international celebs including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, Mariah Carey, Aaron Kwok, and more.


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(Photo source: Miss Universe Indonesia’s FB)

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(Photo source: Tuntejang’s FB)

“Inspired by the immense beauty of the Borneo rainforest, this costume conveys a powerful message to the universe on love, the pursuit of justice against the extinction of the orangutan due to the destruction of their lush rainforest habitat, the Dayak heritage, and the celebration of the inner strength and beauty of women,” read a statement by Miss Universe Indonesia.

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(Photo sources: Indonesian Pageants’ FB)

Since orang-utan is native to both Indonesia and Malaysia, some Malaysian netizens pointed out that the costume bears similarity to the Iban tribe’s warrior costume from Sarawak.

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(Photo source: ohbulan.com)

Recently it was revealed that Miss Universe Malaysia will be wearing a nasi lemak-inspired dress at the upcoming Miss Universe.

Meanwhile, Thailand has also unveiled their national costume for Miss Universe which is called “Chasing the Light”, designed by Prapakart Angsusing, and will be worn by Miss Universe Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren.

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(Photo source: Miss Universe Thailand’s FB)

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(Photo source: Miss Universe Thailand’s FB)

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(Photo source: Miss Universe Thailand’s FB)

The costume depicts a scene from the Ramakien epic in which the maiden Mekhala escapes the axe-wielding ogre Ramasun portrayed by Maria.

The 66th Miss Universe pageant will take place at The AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on 26 November 2017.

(Main photo source: Tuntejang’s FB)