The Miss Universe parade of national costumes, sometimes called "the cosplay of the nations," happened in Bangkok on Sunday. Many of the costumes would make a Vegas showgirl tired, but there were quite a few that were clever, surprising, or just beautiful. Above, Miss Puerto Rico pays homage to those who helped the island after hurricane Maria.
Instead of a traditional kimono, Miss Japan represented her country as Sailor Moon. Miss India carried her own throne. Miss United Kingdom illustrated women's suffrage, while Miss Vietnam pretended to eat part of her costume. Miss Laos was accompanied by a couple of life-size puppets, a display that could have doubled as a performance in the talent competition, but Miss Universe doesn't have one.
See all the costumes from 94 nations in alphabetical order at ONTD. You can see a video of the entire parade as well. The Miss Universe pageant will be held Sunday night. -via Metafilter