No, the above is not a photo of the most intense Halloween costume of 2013. It is actually the official National Costume of the United States of America for the Miss Universe Pageant, which airs this Saturday, November 9.
The pageant, taking place in Moscow, held a preliminary event over the weekend in which the contestants from 86 countries showed off their National Costumes in a runway show. Each woman’s ensemble was designed to showcase her home country’s authentic attributes, and the U.S. really went for it this year. Miss USA — 26-year-old Erin Brady, who won the 2013 pageant as Miss Connecticut back in June — stepped out in an Optimus Prime-esque creation by Martin Izquierdo, who is 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. We’re not 100 percent sure if we get the connection, but we’ll admit that this outfit is pretty badass.
Now we can’t help but wonder: Will be there be a robot-inspired segment in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show later this month?