Malaysia won the Best National Costume award at the Miss Grand International show held in Bangkok, Thailand recently.
Miss Grand Malaysia, Lishalliny Kanaran, 24, stole the show with her design, featuring seven mannequins draped in gold and blue towering behind her.
𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 to the 10 𝘽𝙀𝘼𝙐𝙏𝙄𝙀𝙎 who received the highest score by 𝙑𝙊𝙏𝙀 in the “𝘽𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙢𝙚” round.
Topped with headdresses, the costume was designed by a local bridal boutique, Aldrin Artistry and was themed “The 7 Ancient Princesses of Ulek Mayang”.
In an Instagram post, she said the costume was inspired by an old folk song and dance from Terengganu based on a tale about a fisherman whose soul was stolen by a sea princess who fell in love with him.
The fisherman’s soul and health were later restored with the help of a shaman, who then confronted the sea princess and her six sisters.
Lishalliny wore a black and gold traditional Malay attire, denoting the shaman.
The beauty queen earned praise from many on Instagram when she shared her distinctive outfit.
“Wow! I love this costume. Congrats designer and Lisha,” one user said.
A total 61 contestants competed for the Miss Grand International title and US$40,000 (RM168,180) cash prize.
The title went to Miss Grand Vietnam Tien Thuc Thuy Nguyen took the crown, while Lishalliny also placed top five in the Miss Popular category.