Miss Grand Malaysia and her seven dolls win Best National Costume

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Miss Grand Malaysia and her seven mannequins won Best National Costume at the international pageant in Thailand yesterday.

While she may not have won the crown, Lishalinny Kanaran, 24, stunned judges and the audience with her extravagant costume comprising seven life-sized dolls dressed in blue and gold, an ode to a Terengganu ritualistic dance. She also made it into the top 20 out of 61 beauty queens from around the world.

“Thank you all so much again for all the love and support you guys poured throughout my period of competition. Excited to come home to celebrate with you all,” she wrote to her fans on Instagram yesterday. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien was crowned this year’s Miss Grand International and won US$40,000 in cash.

Lishalinny slayed the stage at Bangkok’s DC Hall in the mesmerizing and elaborate costume created by bridal boutique Aldrin’s Artistry. Named 7 Ancient Princesses of Ulek Mayang, the costume paid tribute to a traditional dance believed to have powers to heal ill fishermen.

She will fly back to Malaysia today after a day of exploring Bangkok, where she had also gone on a river cruise, social media photos showed.

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