The Miss Universe 2016 competition may have belonged to the contestants, but outside, both the girls and celebrity guests owned the red carpet. Check out the ones we spotted just before it started!
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Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach sizzled in a red, off the shoulder gown.
Standing next to Pia is the lovely Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres in blush with a bow tie train behind.
Steve Harvey looks dapper and ready to host (once more) the Miss Universe competition.
Flo Rida is ready to partay in a sleeveless tri-colored shirt, sparkly pants, and even more sparkly sneaks.
Red carpet host Bretman Rock did not bore in his all-black ensemble. The fringe jacket, sparkling shoes, skinny jeans, and crop top spell f-i-e-r-c-e.
Who is the pretty woman in pink? None other than former Miss Universe Philippines 2010 Venus Raj!
Olivia Jordan modeling her black Berta dress with long sleeves and a thigh high slit.
It was a sea of blacks, blue, and champagne for these dazzling ladies.
From left to right: Miss Universe Puerto Rico Brenda Jimenez, Miss Universe Peru Valeria Piazza, Miss Universe Norway Christina Waage, Miss Universe Sweden Ida Ovmar, and Miss Universe Poland Izabella Krzan.
These contestants shimmered in white, blue, gold, silver, red, and hot pink!
From left to right: Miss Universe Dominican Republic Sal Garcia, Miss Universe Croatia Barbara Filipovic, Miss Universe Denmark Christina Mikkelsen, Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe British Virgin Islands Erika Creque, Miss Universe Belize Rebecca Rath, Miss Universe Angola Luisa Baptista, and Miss Universe Brazil Raissa Santana.
Miss Universe Venezuela Mariam Habach and Miss Universe Vietnam Le Hang wave together in their respective, stunning ice blue and jet black dresses.
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Gracing everyone with their presence are the country’s first Miss Universe winners: Gloria Diaz in an egglplant gown with violet flower patterns and Margie Moran in a black Cary Santiago number.
Anchor Gretchen Fullido can easily pass off as a beauty queen in this bright, blue gown by Francis Libiran.
It's in the details for Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen! Her black dress was made extra interesting thanks to the sheer sleeves and feather detailing.
Regal as the Miss Universe ladies is Department of Tourism Undersecretary Kat De Castro.
Model Ashley Graham wasn’t afraid to show off some leg in a see-through, embroidered, gold gown that she paired with a black bodysuit and black heels.
Standing between her Miss USA predecessors is Deshauna Barber in a bedazzled, red ochre dress.
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