Gorgeous contestants in the Miss Universe pageant wowed the crowds in Credicard Hall, in São Paulo, Brazil, this week with a spectacular display of their national costumes.

Each costume was chosen by the director of the respective national delegation to represent the cultural essence of a contestant's homeland.

For the finale on Sept. 12, the outgoing Miss Universe, Mexico's Ximena Navarrete, will crown her successor.

Check out the stunning array of the contestants in their national costumes: