Contestants have unveiled their national costumes for the 2014 Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo, Japan.

The Latin American countries have pulled out all the stops, with flamboyant carnival costumes drawing on their pre-Columbian heritage.

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Miss Panama Aileen Bernal and Miss Nicaragua Jeimmy GarciaAFP
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Miss Peru Jessica ServinAFP
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Miss Honduras Monica Brocato and Miss Ecuador Carla PradoAFP
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Miss Dominican Republic Barbara Santana and Miss El Salvador Fatima Idubina Rivas OpicoAFP
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Miss Bolivia Joselyn Toro and Miss Colombia Zuleika Kiara Suarez TorrenegraAFP
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Miss Chile Tania DahuabeAFP

We are not sure about Miss Chile's costume. It looks like she has bloody veins on her thighs.

Contestants from many Asian countries wore colourful designs drawing on Buddhist or Hindu religious symbols.

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Miss Singapore Vanessa Sim and Miss Indonesia Elfin Pertiwi RappaAFP
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Miss India Jhataleka MalhotraAFP
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Miss South Korea Lee SeobinAFP
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Miss Thailand Punika KulsoontornrutAFP

The costumes of Canada and the USA are clearly identifiable, representing a Mountie's uniform and a red white and blue eagle, respectively.

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Miss Canada Kesiah Papasin and Miss USA Samantha BrooksAFP

As for Europe, it's a mixed bag. The United Kingdom is represented by a beefeater's uniform, Ukraine and Russia both draw on traditional peasant dresses, and the Netherlands have gone for a barely-there showgirl get-up topped with a tulip headdress.

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Miss United Kingdom Victoria Charlotte ToobyAFP
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Miss Russia Alina Rekko and Miss Ukraine Iana RavlikovskaAFP
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Miss Netherlands Shauny Bult and Miss Belgium Gonul MeralAFP
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Miss Spain Rocio Tormo Esquinas and Miss Portugal Rafaela PardeteAFP
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Miss Italy Giulia Brazzarola and Miss Germany Katharina RodinAFP

We can only assume Miss Italy's national costume didn't turn up in time for the pageant.