Crowning of Mrs Universe in Durban. Picture:Instagram

Mrs Universe finalists dazzle in their colourful costumes Guests who watched Mrs Vietnam being crowned Mrs Universe at Durban’s Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre last night (2 September 2017), were treated to a feast of fashion, design and colour as contestants lit up the stage with their incredible traditional ethnic wear. 

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Costumes ranged from awe-inspiring to awesome, dazzling to daring, expansive and exhilarating to bold and barely-there, and dazzling to daring. The Mrs Universe pageant celebrates married women between the ages of 25 and 45 who are doing phenomenal work to uplift and enhance their local communities through CSI initiatives, business development and global trade opportunities. It was the first time the event was held on African soil. 

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43-year old Mrs Vietnam, Tram Hoang Luu, burst into tears when she received the coveted Mrs Universe crown. Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba Moubouyi was named First Runner-Up and Mrs Pakistan, Taiba Noorulian Sheheryar was Second Runner-up. Mrs France, Anastasia Gorshkova and Mrs India, Shaveta Athwal, rounded off the top five. South Africa was represented by Durban wife and mum, Trisha Poona, who was placed in the top 25. 

Mrs France, Anastasia Gorshkova, in her traditional, ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba Moubouyi was named Mrs Universe First Runner-Up. She lit up the stage with a colourful, traditional ethnic wear. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Kenya, Praxedes Shivachi, in her traditional, ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Mauritius, Marie Laura Beg Ramanisum, in her traditional, ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre.  Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Netherlands, Pandora Rietmeijer, in her traditional, ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Nigeria, Faith Ifeoma Ogaga, enjoyed great support from the audience, as did all the other contestants from Africa. This was the first time that the Mrs Universe event was staged on our continent.Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Singapore, mother of two, Rachel Olivero, in her traditional, ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
South Africa was represented by Durban’s Trisha Poona, who was clearly the crowd favourite. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Sri Lanka, Thrikala Dharani Kalubowila in her traditional, ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre last night. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Sweden, Ase Engholm, in her sizzling traditional ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs Universe 2017, Vietnam’s Tram Hoang Luu, dazzled in her traditional ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre.Picture: Abhi Indrarajan 
Mrs South Korea, Seul Ong Ham, in her traditional ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe finals at Durban’s Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan