Miss Universe 2009: the event at which a swarm of elite-looking women will converge to discover which one of them is the most magnificent of all. Could be fun, could be absolute spitting hell. It all depends on what level of security access you have.

This year’s competition – taking place at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, will climax on August 23, when current Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza from Venezuela, will hand over her crown to the newly anointed super-beauty. In the meantime, check out these highlights from the preliminary rounds.

In a revamped format, the preliminary competition saw… OH SOD IT. Look! Hot girls walking round in their pants! Wooo!