All right everyone, yell extremely loudly if the Miss Universe competition has ever held your interest for an extended period of time.
Exactly. Judging by the complete silence I’m hearing at the moment and the declining viewership the contest has experienced in recent years, it’s pretty safe to say that most people could not care less about which nation’s representative will seize the crown from year to year.
Is the award a crown? Or is it a scepter? I cannot stress how little I know or care about this event.
Still, it is always right to give special recognition to the people who go above and beyond what is expected of them. That’s why I would like to take a moment to talk about Miss USA’s display at the Miss Universe National Costume Show earlier this week. During this portion of the contest, the competitors were urged to wear something that reflected their patriotism toward their native lands. For example, Miss Sweden opted to cling to her nation’s Viking lineage and wore a costume reminiscent of a suit of armor (or at least armor designed for a female by a comic book artist), complete with a pretty righteous sword.
Not one to be outdone, much like the forefathers of our nation, Miss USA (Erin Brady) donned a star-spangled Optimus Prime costume, salvaging something fantastic from both the Miss Universe contest and Michael Bay’s Transformers films.
Go ahead, unleash the nerd rage about how Transformers is originally Japanese and how the costume is completely and utterly absurd. Then look back at Erin Brady’s face and the pose she made. She’s anticipated your ire and let you know in advance that she does not give a damn about your opinion. It’s not the costume that’s American, it’s the audacity to wear it on the global stage and flagrantly disregard anyone else’s thoughts. That’s why the whole thing is representative of our great country. After all, what’s more American than unilateral action and preemptive strikes?
Moreover, Brady had a deeper theme behind the unorthodox get up. Commenting on the costume on the Miss USA Instagram, she had this to say:
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.
I can get behind that. So cheers to you, Erin Brady. You’re more than a patriot. You’re a real American.
Via The Daily Mail