Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

In years past I have enjoyed creating large, elaborate costumes that rested on my shoulders, stayed strapped to my waist or were attached to a backpack. (See photos for “Deer gets hunter” and “Genie on a carpet!”) I wanted to do something similar this year, but had a unique challenge as I had broken my leg in the summer and was on crutches. I used the unfortunate events in my American life for inspiration: the crutches, coupled with the shutdown of the United States Government, helped my costume idea take shape. I decided to go as three Miss America Government pageant contestants: Miss begotten, Miss-led and Miss-managed. First I duct taped a collapsible mesh clothes hamper to the crutch then attached it to a clothes hanger. I then split a pool noodle in half and taped it to the hanger for arms. I constructed the hands out of florist wire and toilet paper and added white gloves. The dresses were old prom gowns that I hung from the hangers. I used foam wig form heads that I had once used to create the Beatles. When I ripped off the Beatles facial hair it disfigured the surface of the foam faces, so I painted clear dollar store masks to resemble pageant contestants. I cut out eyes and lips from magazines and used false eyelashes to make them look more realistic. My tiara was crafted from a plastic headband wrapped in garland and a Christmas ornament. The Big hair wigs completed the beauty-queen look. I cut the top off the hangers and impaled the foam heads on them. I enjoy the creative process so I spent quite a bit of time trying to personalize the doll/mannequins with costume jewelry and dollar store flowers – all with a red, white and blue theme. The response from the crowd at the local pub was a cross between amazement and fear. It seemed that most of the females considered the costume “really freaky” and “the stuff of nightmares” and the males were a bit more intrigued, especially later in the evening when they had their beer goggles on and thought they could pick up three beauty queens at once. I did not take home any prize, but had so much fun creating this costume that I still felt like a winner. I was particularly pleased that it was both functional and fun. It spoke to my opinions and creativity without conversation, but it certainly worked as a conversation piece!

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume

Coolest Multiple Miss America Optical Illusion Costume