Somehow, for some reason, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto sat on the Judges’ Panel at the Miss Universe 2012 Pageant last night, and somehow, for some reason, he and his fellow judges gave the crown to Miss USA, the 20-year-old Olivia Culpo.
Culpo’s victory is the first time in over ten years that a Miss USA has won the Miss Universe pageant, and Morimoto’s appearance as a judge is the second time an Iron Chef has judged a major beauty pageant (Cat Cora judged Miss USA earlier this year). Sadly, he asked no questions during the judges’ interview portion, leaving us subjected to Boring Questions from Scott Disick.
However, Morimoto got to strut his thang on the Red Carpet — an entertainment unto itself, since Morimoto is apparently a master of both Japanese cuisine and modeling poses. For all those poor beauty queens in Las Vegas humbled by his modeling prowess, we’ve put together a quick guide to the Zoolander-esque stylings of Masaharu Morimoto: