You’d never guess it given its present day opulence, but the Miss Universe Pageant actually came from rather humble beginnings. Once a simple 1950s swimsuit contest in California, the larger than life Miss Universe event has evolved into a spectacular worldwide institution, most notable in its costume contest.

A clear nod to Optimus Prime in her costume choice, the Internet welcomed this year’s American contender, Erin Brady, with open arms. The very designers who create the many glitzy ensembles for the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show crafted Brady’s futuristic study on decadence. Of all the lively designs on display during the contest, the following Miss Universe costumes definitely take the word intricate to a whole new level.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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