Rocket Man? Iron Man? Optimus Prime? Nope, it was Miss USA Erin Brady wearing we-don’t-know-what-or-why during the national costume competition at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow on Sunday.
By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
Can someone tell us why the woman representing the United States showed up looking like she was styled by movie director Michael Bay?
Critics called her get-up everything from “very unglamorous” to a “travesty.”
A fashion columnist for the UK’s Telegraph described it like this: “Fashioned from some left over washing-up liquid bottles, yogurt pots, cardboard boxes and a lot of glitter, the preschoolers who made this must have had great fun.”
Miss Trinidad and Tobago showed up as a tropical bird of paradise.
Miss Switzerland dressed as a sexy snow queen.
Miss South Africa was a spectacular butterfly.
See that glum look on Miss USA’s face?
To us, it says “get me out of this thing!”
The weirdest part? Her ensemble was created by Martin Izquierdo, a costume designer – wait for it – at Victoria’s Secret.
"Nothing screams national costume like the first Miss USA transformer. Embracing powerful women in a transforming country that’s made up of so much. That’s what Miss USA means to me," Erin (gamely?) wrote on Instagram.
Missosology, an online magazine for beauty pageants, hated the costume.
“The Miss Universe National Costume contest is a tradition as old as Miss Universe itself. It is meant to showcase the culture of a nation to the entire world. That is why when Miss USA Erin Brady stepped out of the stage like an Optimus Prime from the Transformers, she effectively pushed the envelope way too much,” the magazine editorialized.
“Sure, we can have outrageous costumes sometimes but never had we seen such an irrelevant costume that does not represent American core values and culture.
“If anything, it symbolizes the excesses of American consumerism and its addiction to video games and technology. It is a travesty to the American sensibilities and to the Miss Universe tradition at its peak.
“Sure, we can tolerate creativity but Miss USA has been a butt of a joke lately. And while we understand the concept of show and awe, this has gone way too far. For we are not awed but shocked.”
In Miss USA’s defense, at least she wasn’t wearing a windmill on her head.
Yeah, we’re lookin’ at you, Miss Netherlands.
The pageant takes place on Saturday.