miss universe costumes 500 Miss Universe peek: Crazy costumesSome may tune in for the Miss Universe swimsuit competition, but we’re big fans of the National Costume portion of the show.

We think you can see why. Each lady gets to wear an over-the-top costume that somehow represents her country — whether its the national animal, their beautiful scenery, chief export or what have you.

Miss Jamaica’s butterfly get-up can’t be easy to walk around in, but it sure does make a statement. And we do love hearing about the contestants explain their costumes.

Watch below for more. Miss Venezuela’s mirrored outfit is really cool, but I’m not really sure what she’s supposed to represent. Any ideas?

Also, be sure to see videos of the ladies in swimsuits and body paint and a nifty “day in the life” stop-motion animation.

Miss Universe 2010 will air live on Monday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on NBC.

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