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Miss Universe Malaysia 2017, Samantha Katie James, will don a unique Nasi Lemak-inspired dress during the National Costume segment of the Miss Universe 2017 competition in Las Vegas on Nov 26.
The dress, conceptualized by fashion designer Brian Khoo, features recreations of steamed coconut milk rice with sambal chilli, cucumber slices, anchovies peanuts, and a fried egg on banana leaves, reports The Star.
Said Brian: "My team and I wanted to give James something unique and iconic to wear at this year's competition.
"Nasi Lemak is a dish that can only be found in Malaysia and it is a food that can be enjoyed by all. We felt it would make the perfect costume to depict the uniqueness of Malaysia.”
Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation national director Datin Elaine Daly said she was confident that Ms James would give her utmost best during the competition.
She added: "We hope she will be able to bring home the country's first Miss Universe title. But even if she does not, we are already very proud of her and her accomplishments."