Tom and Lorenzo report on the costumes at the Miss Universe Pageant:
I think they should skip the other parts of the competition entirely and just have the girls do the National Costume part of it. (Of course the Latin American countries would have an edge, since they are used to doing the "Girl as Carnival Float" thing.) I could actually wear Miss Bolivia's costume to shop at Trader Joe's, though people would ask me about the organic fruit. I wouldn't wear it until June, though--it's about 20F outside right now.
Be sure and follow the links to the 2011 competition as well, it's even more "feathery."