The Miss Universe pageant has a lot to live up to, given its lofty name. But the international contest went above and beyond this weekend at the National Costume Show, a preliminary runway event leading up to the big Miss Universe 2013 show this Saturday.
Held this year in Moscow, the annual National Costume Show is intended to showcase each contestant's home country through an authentic costume... which is where it gets a little strange. Erin Brady of the United States represented us in a plastic "Transformers" costume (Michael Bay would be proud?), while Alexandra Fribourg of Sweden honored her country's Viking past in a metallic bustier and a sword. Miss Belgium Noémie Happart looked like she was dressed as the Devil complete a spiky red spear, and Miss Great Britain Amy Willerton wore royal robes so sexy we bet even Prince Philip would have a thing or two to say.
Not that all the national ensembles didn't make sense. But costumes this elaborately oversized and feather-covered (and sequin-covered and fringe-covered...) make the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show outfits look like they were picked up at J. Crew. Even your best Halloween costume wouldn't stand a chance.
Behold the wackiness that is the Miss Universe National Costume Show. More photos in the slideshow below.
Miss Great Britain: