So this year's Miss Universe will be crowned in Russia on Saturday, and the ladies of the sundry countries around the world are going through preliminary rounds of competition.
There's the swimsuit competition.
The evening gown competition.
And the national costume competition.
And Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady is dressed like...a Transformer? Or possibly a robotic Captain America? Or Iron Man's sidekick the Iron Patriot? Maybe she should be renamed Miss 'Murica.
Her ensemble was created by Martin Izquierdo, a costume designer 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," Brady wrote on Instagram.
The contests airs at 9:00 PM ET on NBC (now).
(If anyone's wondering about this year's national costumes, that post is here.)