Miss Universe 2017 Contestants Model Evening Gowns Before Pageant

Pageant will air live from the AXIS at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, November 26

By Corinne Heller Nov 25, 2017 4:19 PMTags
Watch: How Kara McCullough Is Preparing for Miss Universe Pageant

It's almost time for the Miss Universe 2017 pageant!

Almost 100 women from around the world, including Miss USA Kára McCullough (formerly Miss District of Columbia), will be competing in the annual event, which takes place at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday.

Earlier this week, the contestants modeled some seriously stunning evening gowns at a preliminary competition.

Steve Harvey returns to host the Miss Universe pageant, marking his third time. Fergie and Rachel Platten will perform onstage, while model Ashley Graham will serve as a backstage host. Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere from France will crown her successor at the end of the three-hour show.

Miss USA

Kára McCullough

Miss Thailand

Maria Poonlertlarp

Miss Trinidad & Tobago

Yvonne Clarke

Miss Malta

Tiffany Pisani

Miss Japan

Momoko Abe

Miss Romania

Iona Mihalache

Miss Malaysia

Samantha James

Miss Namibia

Suné January

Miss Colombia

Laura Gonzales

Miss Canada

Lauren Howe

Miss Bulgaria

Nikoleta Todorova

Miss British Virgin Islands

Khephra Sylvester

Miss Nicaragua

Berenice Quezada

Miss Kazakhstan

Kamila Assilova

Miss Finland

Michaela Söderholm

Miss Peru

Prissila Howard

Miss Philippines

Rachel Peters

Miss Slovak Republic

Vanessa Bottánová

Miss Egypt

Farah Sedky

Miss Ghana

Ruth Quarshie

Miss Paraguay

Ariela Machado

Miss Ethiopia

Akinahome Zergaw

Miss Ukraine

Yana Krasnikova

Miss Haiti

Cassandra Chery

Miss Saint Lucia

Louise Victor

Miss US Virgin Islands

Esonica Veira

Miss Uruguay

Marisol Acosta

Miss India

Shraddha Shashidhar

Miss Vietnam

Loan Nguyen

Miss Spain

Sofia del Prado

View More Photos From Miss Universe 2017 Evening Gown Competition

Miss USA talked to E! News a few days ago about how she's preparing for the contest.

"I'm making sure my mental psyche is always very leveled and sane," she said. I try to go to the gym at least three times a week and I'm just like, you know, staying well-informed with what's going on in the news because as Miss USA, as a contestant, it's always important to always have an opinion about things that are going on."

She said she has been eating "very whole meals" made up of cooked vegetables, lean meats and fish.

"I'm nervous, I'm excited," she said. "I'm just like kind of in an area of just like euphoria right now because I'm still in shock at the fact that I get to represent USA at the Miss Universe competition."

The 2017 Miss Universe pageant will air live on FOX on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

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