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Don't be alarmed if women are walking around downtown with tiaras and sashes over the next few weeks. They're probably with the 55th Annual Miss Universe pageant, which is making the Wilshire Grand downtown its official headquarters until the contest airs from the Shrine Auditorium on July 23. (Does anyone still watch this stuff anyway?)

So if you spot one of the 80 international contestants hanging out on Olvera Street or at the Golden Gopher, show 'em your pearly whites and wave -- remember, it's elbow elbow wrist wrist.