The 2018 Miss Universe competition kicked off with the preliminary competition on Thursday!

This Sunday, Steve Harvey will take the stage in Bangkok, Thailand to host the Miss Universe pageant, where a new contestant will be chosen to take home the crown. But, before a new winner is announced, contestants take part in a series of preliminary events. On Thursday, contestants took part in both the swimwear and evening gown competitions. During the evening gown competition, contestants work the stage in their most elegant ensembles.

So, before you tune in to watch the show this Sunday, we're showing photos of all the contestants in their evening gowns!

Take a look at the gallery above to meet all of the contestants and see them work the Miss Universe stage!

The 2018 Miss Universe Competition airs live on December 16 from Bangkok, Thailand at 7p.m. ET on Fox. 

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