36 Most Amazingly Elaborate Miss Universe Costumes

It’s the pageant that puts every other pageant ever to serious shame. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show WHO?

1. Miss Venezuala — Best “Chocolate Rave”

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This is amazing.

2. Miss Panama — Best Use of Christmas Colors

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3. Miss Bolivia — Best Use of Christmas Colors and Yellow

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If lions had cat toys, they’d look like these sparkly pepper vine things.

4. Miss Slovak Republic — Least Shiny

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At an event like this, shunning all diamonds, crystals, and sequins is truly radical. Bold move indeed.

5. Miss South Africa — Best Way Not to Lose a Shoe

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Wear your asymmetrical body stocking OVER it. Then proceed to place concentration on attractive carriage of scepter.

6. Miss Switzerland — Best “Marching Band Festive”

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This belongs in a Beyoncé video.

7. Miss Poland — Most Glam Cheese Cloth Dress

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8. Miss Philippines — Most Pinterest-Appropriate Veil

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9. Miss Puerto Rico — Best Disco Loin Cloth

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10. Miss Indonesia — Most Spectacular Use of Bird Imagery

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Just great.

11. Miss Norway — Most Jealous of Everyone Who Wore a Cape

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Now is not the time to fade into the background, Norway! This is Miss Universe, not every other day of the year.

12. Miss Ecuador — Best “Rain Forest Dream”

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13. Miss Finland — Best Ice Dancer/Princess Look

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14. Miss Honduras — Best Coral Reef Worn Like a Backpack

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15. Miss France — Most DIY-Looking Eveningwear

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Step it up, France!

16. Miss China — Best Giant Tassels

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Also, impressively pretty use of toile.

17. Miss Cyprus — Best Use of Quadruple-ply Toilet Paper

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18. Miss Netherlands — Best Way to Wear Wooden Shoes Without Actually Wearing Wooden Shoes

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Look closely at her catsuit and you’ll notice those aren’t blue butterflies, they’re SHOES! Clever.

19. Miss Mauritius — Fanciest Fascinator-Free Look

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20. Miss Nicaragua — Most Intense Cape

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I hope she did not flap her arms and induce seizures.

21. Miss Lebanon — Most Cleverly Engineered Cape

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Cape + sleeves = not your ordinary cape. Note to self: If ever in Miss Universe Pageant, do not forget to pack huge cape.

22. Miss Hungary — Best Concentric Paper Towels

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23. Miss Nigeria — Smartest Shoe Strategy

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You know she was laughing at all the other contestants in those torture chambers they call “platform pumps.”

24. Miss Paraguay — Best Crown

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What Kate Middleton wishes she got married in.

25. Miss Namibia — Most Hipster Head Accessory

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Hipsters: try to resist adding a feathered hat to your Xmas wish lists. Have you really gotten enough mileage out of your ironic turban yet?

26. Miss Sri Lanka — Most Intense Gold Sparkles

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27. Miss St. Lucia — Most Random Parasol

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But also, what a great-looking umbrella.

28. Miss Korea — Best Hair

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Gwen Stefani, your buns have nothing on these.

29. Miss Jamaica — Best Full-Feathered Bikini

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30. Miss Aruba — Most Confusing Use of Ice Queen Imagery

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Unless this is supposed to be indicative of Aruba’s white sand, but it’s still puzzling.

31. Miss Great Britain — Worst Use of Flag Imagery

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Why did she not go with something royal wedding-inspired? A lace sleeved unitard or cat suit — something other than this.

32. Miss Spain — Best Bra Top

Also, great flamenco-inspired skirt.

33. Miss Mexico — Most Elaborate Costume

The hours it took to make this, I can’t even imagine.

34. Miss Canada — Best Maple Leaf Sash

35. Miss Angola — Best Mom Imagery

36. Miss Bahamas — Best On-Trend Leather Shorts

The Miss Universe Pageant airs Thursday at 8 PM on NBC.

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