Ahead of the Miss Universe pageant that will be held in Bangkok next month, we take a look at five other unique national costumes from Asia that have also become the talk of the town:. In an Instagram video on Wednesday, Miss Universe Japan showed Miss Kato parading a traditional red kunoichi outfit, before turning around and morphing into the anime schoolgirl's alter ego. National Director of Miss Universe Japan said that she wanted to have a costume that could "express Japan to the world". Miss Universe Vietnam's banh mi inspired costume.
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Yuumi Kato thrills audience at pre-broadcast event by transforming from sexy ninja to magical warrior Sailor Moon in seconds. As slowly winds down to a close, the pageant world is only just heating up, as contestants prepare for one of the biggest events on their calendar: the annual Miss Universe competition. Representing Mie for the national pageant, Nagoya-born Kato was chosen to represent Japan at the international competition after proving she was much more than just a pretty face. The young model, actress and reporter, who was raised by her parents in Malaysia from the ages of 5 to 13, is fluent in Japanese, English, Chinese and Malay, and has also studied the art of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. After months of preparation for the Miss Universe pageant, which will be held in Bangkok on 17 December, Kato debuted her national costume at a press event in Tokyo on 19 November.