BANGKOK — A beauty contest got creative with national costumes when 77 contestants from every Thai province hit the stage Wednesday night.

Founded in 2013, Miss Grand Thailand is back in its fourth edition as it seeks for a representative pageant to compete in the upcoming Miss Grand International in October in Vietnam.

While the final show will be on Saturday, 77 women competed Wednesday night at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, or BITEC, in a contest to determine the best national costume. The winning attire will be worn by Miss Grand Thailand in October’s pageant, while the next four most highly rated costumes will be worn in different international competitions.

The costumes not only represent unique traits of each province but also showcase Thai designers’ creativity. Here are some of the costumes.

Miss Grand Khon Kaen in a vivid yellow costume resembling provincial flower golden shower, with a kaan bamboo mouth organ as head apparel.

Miss Grand Chanthaburi in a durian costume.

Miss Grand Bueng Kan in King of Nagas costume.
Miss Grand Yasothon in a costume representing the province’s famous rocket festival.
Miss Grand Rayong’s costume is inspired by a dragon horse, a character in “Phra Aphai Mani,” a book by 19th century Thai poet Sunthon Phu.

Miss Grand Chumphon in an attire blending the heroic deeds of youth volunteers who fought in World War II and a traditional dancing costume.

Miss Grand Pattani took to the stage in a grim mood, covered with in military camouflage with words and paintings representing soldiers who lost their lives during the southern insurgency before taking it off to reveal a white dress as a symbol of peace. Right photo: Miss Grand Thailand / Facebook.