It's Hilarious And A Bit Tragic What The USA's "National Costume" At Miss Universe Has Been For The Last 20 Years

The "national costume" part of the Miss Universe pageant is my absolute favorite part of the Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Mexico

That's Miss Mexico.

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It's the part of the competition where each country dresses in a costume that best represents where they're from.

Miss Canada

That's Canada, obviously.

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Last week, the United States went viral during the annual pageant for their "national costume."

Miss USA
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Yes, Miss USA's costume was this big ole' Moon thing because that's what represents us best!

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AND IT MOVED.

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Because, as an American, this is hilarious to me, I tried to find what each of the USA national costumes have been for the past 20 years or so...

In 2001, Miss USA's national costume was a cowgirl.

miss usa wearing a cowboy hat
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In 2002, she went as a firefighter.

miss usa is dressed in firefighter gear
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Here's another view of that one:

Miss USA as a firefighter
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In 2003, Miss USA's national costume was Wonder Woman.

miss usa is dressed in a wonder woman costume
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In 2004, Miss USA wore a gladiator outfit with a giant white feathered headdress.

she has a long white feather outfit and metallic warrior wear
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In 2005, Miss USA's national costume was a prairie woman.

she has a large poofy dress and a big ole hat
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In 2007, Miss USA's costume was what appears to be an Elvis tribute.

Miss USA as Elvis
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In 2008, Miss USA went as a patriotic snowflake.

miss usa is wearing red white and blue sparkly stars
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In 2009, Miss USA went as "NASCAR."

a woman dressed up in nascar clothes
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She even paraded around a big ole' flag.

Miss USA as NASCAR
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The national costume in 2012 was an ode to the Statue of Liberty.

miss usa dressed in a red white and blue dress holding a flame thing
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In 2013, Miss USA dressed as some sort of red, white, and blue transformer.

she's dressed a robot
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It even lit up!

the transformer is lit up
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In 2014, Miss USA's national costume was giant feathered wings.

Miss USA
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In 2015, Miss USA's national costume was apparently Victoria's Secret inspired.

Miss USA
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In 2017, Miss USA was a patriotic gladiator of sorts.

miss usa wearing a silvery gladiator outfit
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In 2018, Miss USA's national costume was a, um, a rose?

Miss USA as a rose
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In 2020, Miss USA was what appears to be a phoenix rising from the ashes or just a large bird that loves rhinestones.

Miss USA as a bird
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In 2021, Miss USA's national costume was what I think is supposed to the love child of an Emmy and an Oscar.

miss usa wearing gold and holding a golden sphere
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Which brings us back to 2022 where Miss USA's national costume was a humongous Moon.

Miss USA
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