ICYDK, the ladies aren’t the only ones battling out on pageant runways for a crown. The men also have their own, too, and one of them is Mister Global. Founded in 2014, Mister Global has been held in Thailand, where the pageant organizer holds its headquarters.
One of the most anticipated parts of the men’s beauty contest is the parade of national costumes, where the contestants dress up in outfits that are supposed to represent their home country while looking as good as possible. Among the 33 contestants this year, these are some of the stand-outs:
And we’re talking literally wild — because these costumes look like they came straight out of the wilderness.
Inspired by the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, this national costume has some really strong wild vibes.
A few netizens thought the costume looked like the tooth fairy, but this is actually inspired by South Africa’s national flower, the king protea.
They might not be showing off their abs, but their fierce pose and smoldering gaze would definitely capture your attention!
Some netizens want to Czech him out, especially with that strong jawline he’s showing off.
He might be holding the keris weirdly, but that look in his eyes earned him a lot of points from netizens.
Need we say more? He’s just slaying it in this vibrant costume inspired by the eagle, Nigeria’s national bird.
There’s a lot going on in this costume from the headdress to the cape to the beading, but everyone agrees that Ecuador understood the assignment.
These might be culturally accurate, but unfortunately, they might’ve fallen a little short in capturing the audience’s attention.
The English did invent the suit… Netizens just think he looks like he’s going to work.
Commenters agree he dressed like a tio, but he looks like a papi, as one netizen said.
It’s so impressive how the costume has woven man and dragon together and how he stands so gracefully!
He definitely looks good as a Spanish king. But everyone in the comment section is getting flashbacks to being colonized — and some of them didn’t even get colonized. That’s just how strong of an impression this photo leaves on its viewers.
The thirst trap
The comment section is full of thirsty netizens asking him to turn around, but we’re pretty sure he’s wearing a fundoshi (men’s undergarment) under that happi (a short jacket with sleeves).
The costume is a nod to one of the biggest events in Macau, the Macau Grand Prix. With a little thirstiness on the side (all sides).
It might look like something a pirate would wear, but this costume is inspired by something else. It’s the Cangaceiro, a social bandit or freedom fighter that became a phenomenon in Northeast Brazil, where life was harder and wilder than the rest of the country.
Here’s our very own representative, Mico Angelo Teng, serving a look inspired by pre-colonial Philippines.
At least according to the pageant organizers. The top 5 national costumes of Mister Global are Indonesia, Nigeria, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, and USA. Do you agree with their picks?
Want to see the rest of the national costumes? Check out all 33 below:
The men’s beauty contest held its final night last March 15, where Toledo Miguel Angel Lucas Carrasco of Spain won Mister Global 2021.