Before the 2013 Miss Universe pageant gets underway, the contestants took part in a preliminary runway where they donned costumes that represented their countries. The results were mixed, with some being truly lovely, while others are a bit confusing.
Take Miss USA Erin Brady, for instance. Her costume, created by Victoria’s Secret costume designer Martin Izquierdo, is a Transformer of all things. Brady looks like a strange version of Optimus Prime from the Michael Bay film series. Brady addressed the costume on her Instagram, writing, “Nothing screams national costume like the first Miss USA transformer. Embracing powerful women to a transforming country that’s made up of so much. That’s what Miss USA means to me.” The irony is the Transformers line of toys originated in Japan, before they were renamed for the United States.
The other costumes range from over the top, to abstract. Then there’s Miss Canada, who picked up a “sexy bounty” costume at the Halloween store. Check out some of the highlights below, before taking a look at the gallery of all 85 participating countries.
The 2013 Miss Universe pageant airs Saturday, November 9, at 9 p.m. ET.