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Miss Universe Malaysia 2020’s National Costume Is An Actual 3D Kampung House

Every year, Malaysia sends some of the country’s finest beauties to join beauty pageants around the world and each time, the national costumes don by our beauty queens never fail to take our breaths away. The latest outfit designed by couturier Carven Ong for Miss Universe 2020 Francisca Luhong James has just been revealed and it’s a definitely a work of art on its own.

The costume, titled “Kampungku” comes with a 3D replica of a kampung house to honour traditional elements while the dress itself features Malaysia’s iconic batik designs. What’s more impressive is the entire costume took three months to complete and is said to weigh 45kg!


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Ong, who’s also the mastermind behind the iconic Miss Universe 2019 Peranakan-inspired costume, hopes that his latest design will be able to showcase Malaysia’s unique heritage houses culture to the rest of the world.

The stunning kampung house-inspired outfit is just one of the two national costumes Francisca will be wearing during the pageant segment. The 25-year-old beauty queen will also be donning a black and white kaftan ensemble with a Borneon bicycle headpiece and a 3D backdrop of a monochromatic kampung house, which is reminiscent of a Lat comic book.


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As the first Dayak woman to ever bear the title, Francisca’s evening gown designed by Rizman Ruzaini also pays tribute to her Orang Ulu Kayan-Kenyah and Iban parentage by drawing inspiration from the Sarawakian folklore of Princess Sejinjang.


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Well, Francisca certainly looks like a princess in all these gorgeous costumes, I just hope that this time the judges will agree with us and the Miss Universe 2020 pageant won’t see Steve Harvey announcing the wrong winner, again.

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