This male beauty pageant has a national costume competition just
On September 26, the international male beauty pageant, Mister Global, took place.
USA.Courtesy of Mister Global
This year, the US was represented by Branden Cruz, or as he’s known on Instagram, Brandex.
Or to rock the colors of their country’s flag.
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Mister Cuba 2019 is Rubert Manuel Arias Solozábal. This was the first year Cuba was represented in the pageant.
The costumes range from simple…
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Mister Sweden 2019 is Sebastian Jonsson.
… To extremely ornate, like Guam’s entry this year.
Guam.Courtesy of Mister Global
According to Facebook, Jonny Onedera’s look was inspired by the Guam kingfisher, a type of bird native to the island.
Japan’s contestant used a traditional parasol as part of his outfit.
Japan.Courtesy of Mister Global
Kodai Hata represented Japan this year at Mister Global.
The Swiss outfit looks like the robes that professional boxers wear before a fight, but featuring the Swiss flag.
Switzerland.Courtesy of Mister Global
Kenan Murseli, aka Mister Switzerland, was the third runner-up at the 2019 pageant.
This year’s overall winner was South Korea’s representative, 23-year-old Jong Woo Kim.
Korea.Courtesy of Mister Global
Kim is a police administration student and model, according to Missosology.
According to the pageant’s spokesperson, this year’s pageant raised money for an organization that takes care of elephants in Thailand, where Mister Global was held this year.
Panama.Courtesy of Mister Global
“We are true on our advocacy on Environmental Awareness and charity cause,” spokesperson Kitti Kamjunsa told Bored Panda.
Thailand’s costume was incredibly ornate.
Thailand.Courtesy of Mister Global
Thailand is represented this year by Jeerawat Vatchasakol.
While Mister Korea won Mister Global, the winner of the costume portion was Mister Myanmar.
Myanmar.Courtesy of Mister Global
Mister Myanmar, Thiha Kyaw, wore a costume designed by Phyo Pyae.
Indonesia’s dragon-inspired outfit was nothing short of eye-catching.
Indonesia.Courtesy of Mister Global
Herman Yosef was crowned Mister Global Indonesia back in April.
As was South Africa’s tribal-inspired chest-piece.
South Africa.Courtesy of Mister Global
South Africa was represented this year by Marcus Max Karsten.
Unlike the Dominican Republic’s outfit — he looks ready for battle.
Dominican Republic.Courtesy of Mister Global
Braulio Encarnación, Mister Dominican Republic, was the fourth runner-up.
Egypt’s competitor looks like he belongs among the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
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This year’s Mister Egypt, Adam Hussein, tied his look together with an ankh-adorned headpiece. The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol for life.
Mister Global is one of 10 “Global Beauties Grand Slam” pageants, alongside Miss Universe, Miss World, and Mr. World.
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Here’s a complete list of the Grand Slam pageants.
This year’s Mister Puerto Rico was Edgar Irizarry. His costume “paid tribute to the indigenous people of Puerto Rico; the taínos,” Irizarry told Insider. “The costume I wore was designed to resemble the Cacique Taíno,” or a leader of the group.
The pageant first took place in 2014, making it a newer competition. Compare that to Miss America, which started in 1921.
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Togo was represented by Kwassy Adjamah this year.
Read more: The very first Miss America contest took place in 1921 — here’s what that first pageant was like
Just ask Mister Peru.
Peru.Courtesy of Mister Global
Mister Peru seems to be channeling the ancient Inca people, who lived in Peru through the late 1500s.
Though some countries take a more laid-back approach, like Tunisia.
Tunisia.Courtesy of Mister Global
Houssem Saïdi, Mister Tunisia, was close to taking home the Mister Global title. He was the first runner-up.
Poland’s representative is wearing traditional Polish folk clothing.
Poland.Courtesy of Mister Global
Michał Grudzień was named Mister Poland 2019.