WATCH | Natasha Joubert wows the crowd at Miss Universe national costume competition

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  • 23-year-old Natasha Joubert represented South Africa at the Miss Universe national costume competition on Thursday (Friday SAT).
  • Designed by Gert-Johan Coetzee, Natasha's national costume features beautiful wings embellished with drawings made by children from the Diepsloot and Randburg areas.
  • Contestants from 74 countries and territories will compete for the Miss Universe title at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Hollywood, Florida, in the US on 16 May. 


23-year-old Natasha Joubert represented South Africa at the Miss Universe national costume competition on Thursday (Friday SAT).

The national costume show is a separate part of the pageant and doesn't count towards contestants' overall scores. It's a chance for them to honour and celebrate their countries, reports Insider

Designed by Gert-Johan Coetzee, Natasha's national costume features beautiful wings embellished with drawings made by children from the Diepsloot and Randburg areas. The pictures tell the pre-schoolers' stories of life in lockdown and how the pandemic has affected them.

WATCH HER WALK THE STAGE HERE:

"We wanted to create something special and proudly South African. We not only created a garment to show off our skills and for dramatic effect, but it also had to be something truly meaningful and represent a cause close to Natasha's heart. That is why we decided to take sketches from local children, to portray how they currently see the state of world in their own 'words'. We took their actual sketches, digitised them and printed them on white flowy fabric and created an angelic silhouette for Natasha to symbolise overcoming hardship through guidance," Gert said in a statement to the press. 

Contestants from 74 countries and territories will compete for the Miss Universe title at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Hollywood, Florida, in the US on 16 May. 

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event. The show will be hosted by Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo, and South Africa's Demi-Leigh Tebow Miss Universe 2017 will serve as an expert analyst. American rapper Pitbull will perform. 

The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) from 02:00 to 05:00 on 17 May and repeat at 21:30. 

WATCH THE FULL NATIONAL COMPETITION HERE

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