The Miss Universe national costumes over the years

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Miss Universe South Africa, Natasha Joubert, revealed her national costume  for the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.
Miss Universe South Africa, Natasha Joubert, revealed her national costume for the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.
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It's the dress that always has South Africans talking.

Every year the country waits for the national costume that will be worn at Miss Universe to be revealed.

Will the dress have feathers, prints, slits or be plain?

This year's dress has been revealed and it didn't disappoint. The dress will be worn by Miss Universe South Africa 2020 Natasha Jourbet when she represents the country at the pageant. 

Miss Universe holds a national costume show that is a separate part of the pageant and does not count towards the contestants overall scores, according to INSIDER

The national costume show is a chance for the participants to honour and celebrate their countries.

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The Miss Universe title is currently held by South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi, who will be handing it over in May. 

Joubert’s national costume – which she showed off at her Miss Universe farewell as part of her #DestinyDesigned virtual fashion show – was designed by Gert-Johan Coetzee. 

Joubert will be carrying the children of South Africa with her when she walks onto the international stage in her national costume, as the wings of her gown have been printed with drawings made by young children from Diepsloot and Randburg.

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The artwork tells the story of pre-school children’s very personal experiences of lockdown and how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted their young lives. 

Here are some of the other national costumes over the years.

2019 – Zozibini Tunzi

Called the Wave of Love, Zozi's national costume contained a powerful message about violence against women in South Africa.

2018 – Tamaryn Green

The blue crane inspired costume featured over 1000 feathers.

2017 – Demi Leigh Tebow


Demi Leight's dress showcased the country's national flower from the colours to the petals - The Protea.

2016 – Ntandoyenkosi Kunene

The Miss Universe South Africa 2016 wore a dress that payed homage to South Africa's diversity and her Swaziland roots.

Read more | PICS: 25 Miss Universe national costumes you have to see - including Miss South Africa!

Here are more looks from the previous Miss Universe South Africa.

The 69th Miss Universe pageant takes place in Florida in the US on Sunday, May 16. 

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