Nasi Lemak Takes on the Universe

Yesterday, Malaysians got a first look at the Nasi Lemak National Costume our Miss Universe Malaysia 2017, Samantha Katie James, will be wearing at the Miss Universe 2017 competition in Las Vegas at the end of this month.

Social media was abuzz after the reveal of this one-of-a-kind nasi lemak dress created by fashion designer Brian Khoo.

The dress, inspired by a simple pack of nasi lemak, features the beloved coconut milk-flavoured rice with sambal — garnished with a fried egg, cucumber slices, as well as fried ikan bilis (anchovies) and peanuts. But that’s not all: it also comes with banana leaves too!

On her Instagram, Samantha had this to share about the dress:

“NASI LEMAK!!! Malaysia’s very own iconic traditional food! AND My fav food ever!!! Designed and beaded fully by hand in one month! By @briankhoo@bybriankhoo And his team of 6! So much love and passion put into such an extraordinary and I’m sure unforgettable national costume representing what we Malaysians love, OUR FOOD!! Infact I just had a nasi lemak salad version (since competition is close!) at @lajuiceria 💋 THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH For the team work and never ending support 😢 I love you team fifi!! And team MUMO @missuniversemalaysia , @shawncutlerbangsar for the best hair styling and @lancomeofficial for the make up 💋 This for me, is ART , pure talent , and I’m honored to be the one who’s wearing it! ❤️ 🙏🏼 👑🍛 I’m ready and so excited to wear it at @missuniverse in Las Vegas!! Don’t forget to watch! #MissUniverse” –  @samanthakayty

Here’s a look at past national costumes worn by our Miss Universe Malaysia contestants :


Kiran Jassal wearing last year’s Twin Towers-inspired costume, designed by Rizman Ruzaini.


Vanessa Tevi Kumares in the Bunga Mas, designed by Jovian Mandagie


Sabrina Beneett wore a costume inspired by the rhinoceros hornbill, from designer Adila Long.


Carey Ng wore a dress inspired by Tun Fatimah, designed by Syomir Izwa.


, , , , , , ,