However dated and passe the Miss Universe beauty contest is - and it is undoubtedly both, the swimwear pageant always demands some attention.

Hopefuls from around the world are in Moscow, Russia - willing to don skimy bikinis despite the chilly temperatures - are vying for the tiara and sash, plus a clutch of lucrative advertising deals,which goes to the beauty judged the most beautiful in the Universe. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida is one of the bookies' favourite, with hopes the Asian nation can do the double, following her country woman Megan Young, who was recently crowned Miss World.

The coronation of Miss Universe 2013 will take place on 9 November. The contestants will be judged in three categories: swimwear, evening gown and personal interview.

Here is a top 10 list of the hottest ladies wearing not very much at this year's contest.

10. China

Miss Universe 2013: Miss China
Miss Universe 2013: Miss China

9. Paraguay

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Paraguay
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Paraguay

8. Switzerland

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Switzerland
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Switzerland

7. Vietnam

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Vietnam
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Vietnam

6. Ethiopia

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Ethiopia
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Ethiopia

5. Italy

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Italy
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Italy

4. Malaysia

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Malaysia
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Malaysia

3. USA

Miss Universe 2013: Miss USA
Miss Universe 2013: Miss USA

2. Great Britain

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Great Britain
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Great Britain

1. Philippines

Miss Universe 2013: Miss Philippines
Miss Universe 2013: Miss Philippines