With the Miss Universe 2013 pageant kicking off on Nov. 9, in Moscow, Russia, Miss USA recently created quite the stir after showcasing her bold and outlandish Transformers costume.
The upcoming spectacle marks the 62nd annual Miss Universe pageant, with the world waiting with great anticipation. The show will feature 86 glamorous entrants, all vying for the highly coveted crown of Miss Universe 2013.
Michael Bay Would be Proud
The Miss USA contestant, Erin Brady, recently graced the stage of the Miss Universe national costume parade in, what appeared to be, a Transformers costume. Indeed, looking like Optimus Prime’s mistress, Brady bedazzled and befuddled, in equal measure, the crowds of spectators during Sunday’s display.
The primary ambition, behind Sunday’s competition round, was to demonstrate their national costume. This opportunity is typically seized to showcase a dress that reflects the country and culture to which each contestant belongs. Electing to break the mould, Miss USA enlisted the talents of Martin Izquierdo, a costume designer working for Victoria’s Secret.
Although all eyes were on Miss USA, her garments gained a mixed reception. Some critics took the opportunity to lambast Brady, many of whom excoriated her selection of attire, brandishing it as unfit to represent America.
The International Business Times offered their damning verdict on the costume, proclaiming it to be unrelated to U.S. culture and failed to truly encapsulate her country of origin, with the obvious exception of the blue, red and white colors of the American flag.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph waded in with their admonishing remarks, sarcastically equating the design to something that a “preschooler” could assemble:
“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.”
Amidst the venomous backlash, Brady took to Twitter to offer up justification for the eccentric outfit:
“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.”
A Top Contender
Thus far, the odds-on favorites to win the title remain Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Brady.
Brady is 26 years of age and originates from East Hampton. She has previous experience as a financial accountant for Prudential Retirement and studied at Central Connecticut State University, obtaining a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice.
The young woman is also a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, prevention and awareness. After the contest comes to an end, she plans to move on to pursue her MBA. However, we may be hearing more from her in the future, as she has expressed a keen interest in broadcasting and hosting.
So, what do you think to Miss USA and her Transformers inspired costume? Was it really as bad as some have suggested it to be, or should certain factions of the media take the occasion with a pinch of salt and lighten up?
Meanwhile, take a look at the following YouTube clip, revealing a handful of some of the candidates’ colorful costumes, including Miss USA’s controversial contribution.
By James Fenner
International Business Times