The wonderful wackiness of the Miss Universe costume contest

It’s the most campy time of yr. Yes, the Miss Universe pageant (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on FYI), and that over-the-top, loopy occasion: the nationwide costume contest.

Forget boring robes and bikinis. These are kimonos, feathers, headdresses, tridents, wings. In 2015, Miss Thailand went as a motorized rickshaw generally known as a tuk-tuk. That similar yr, Miss Canada went as the Stanley Cup, full with hockey sticks. While some of the “national” pictures are fairly apparent — Miss Japan this yr is in a karate outfit holding a gold medal for the Olympics — half the enjoyable is attempting to determine what flower, hen or image these intricate costumes are suppose to characterize.

Post critic Johnny Oleksinski and vogue editor Serena French check out some of the standout costumes of 2021:

MISS CANADA

Wonder Woman, eh?

Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 - National Costume Show.
Miss Canada, Nova Stevens, seems onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 National Costume Show.
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Johnny: Wow. I’ve by no means been there, however is that this how individuals costume in Saskatchewan?

Serena: If solely hockey night time seemed this good.

MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Nice stems.

Serena: She’s goddess of sunflowers.

Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez in her sunflower getup.
Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez in her sunflower getup.
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Johnny: Hey Mister! My flowers are up right here!!

MISS NEPAL

An attractive sherpa, full with bejeweled oxygen masks

Anshika Sharma looks ready to climb the mountain in her costume.
Anshika Sharma appears able to climb the mountain in her costume.
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Miss Nepal Anshika Sharma at this year's Miss Universe.
Miss Nepal Anshika Sharma has all the trappings of a climber.
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.Serena: This outfit is strictly peak efficiency: that masks can solely be worn on the roof of the world and he or she’s obtained Mt. Everest in her purse!

Johnny: Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford each stream, observe ev’ry rainbow . . .

MISS SINGAPORE

Now that she has your consideration . .

.Serena: A caped crusader combating crime carrying an necessary message.

Singapore's representative  Bernadette Belle Ong  at the competition.
Singapore’s consultant Bernadette Belle Ong at the competitors.
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Bernadette Belle Ong brings a call to action on her cape.
Bernadette Belle Ong brings a name to motion on her cape.
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MISS FRANCE

In equity, she’s carrying extra on prime than the common depiction of Marianne.

Johnny: I Louvre it.

Miss France Amandine Petit doing her best to resemble France.
Miss France Amandine Petit doing her finest to resemble France.
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Amandine Petit adjusted her dress to show more skin.
Amandine Petit adjusted her costume to indicate extra pores and skin.
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Serena: Following the nationwide motto Liberte, Equalite, Fraternite, at the finish she overthrew her costume.

MISS ARGENTINA

Hand of god, shirt of soccer nice

Miss Argentina Alina Akselrad going for the goal in her soccer uniform.
Miss Argentina Alina Akselrad going for the aim in her soccer uniform.
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Diego Maradona gets a tribute at Miss Universe.
Diego Maradona will get a tribute at Miss Universe.
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.Serena: She can bend it like Maradona.

MISS GREAT BRITAIN

Yaas queen.

Jeanette Akua gives off a royal vibe for Great Britain.
Jeanette Akua provides off a royal vibe for Great Britain.
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Serena: She might rule any runway.

MISS FINLAND

Aurora beautyealis.

Viivi Altonen had the light shine on her and Finland.
Viivi Altonen had the gentle shine on her and Finland.
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Serena: The sky’s the restrict on this Northern Lights quantity.

Johnny: I do know Europe might be behind on American tendencies, but it surely’s wild that they only obtained Lite Brite.

MISS BAHAMAS

Celebrating Bahamas airline (or possibly the Bermuda triangle)

Shauntae-Ashleigh in best pilot costume.
Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller rocks a pilot costume.
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Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller now has north of 8,000 Instagram followers.
Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller now has north of 8,000 Instagram followers.
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Johnny: This jewel-studded look should’ve value her lots of frequent flyer miles.

MISS PUERTO RICO

The Zodiac killer look

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto put on a lavish look on the stage.
Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefanía Soto placed on a lavish look on the stage.
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Serena: Signs level to fabulous.

Johnny: I can’t determine how I really feel about this look as a result of I’m a Pisces.

MISS USA

Burning sizzling.

Miss Universe USA Asya Branch hails from Mississippi.
Miss Universe USA Asya Branch hails from Mississippi.
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Serena: What extra glamorous approach to rise like a phoenix from the flames?

MISS BRAZIL

Wikipedia tells us Brazil is the fifth-largest producer of cotton in the world.

Miss Brazil Julia Gama's outfit was filled with cotton balls.
Miss Brazil Julia Gama’s outfit was full of cotton balls.
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Johnny: When I believe of lovely, vibrant, sunny Brazil, the first issues that pops into my head are cotton balls and twigs.

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