Friday, March 02, 2007

Icelandic beauty pageant...not your mama's pageant!

Those crazy Euros are at it again! From AFP:
An alternative beauty pageant to be held in a remote Icelandic town will reward contestants' wrinkles, saggy breasts and other bodily imperfections and hopes to challenge Western ideas of beauty, organisers said Wednesday.

Word has it that upon hearing this news, a planeload of Palm Beach condo commandos took off for Reykjavik at the conclusion of Agnes Schloppel's "Bluehair Bingo Bonanza". Try saying that five times really fast! Anywho, continuing:
"Anyone can make the rules about what beauty is, we want to change the rules," one of the contest's organisers, Matthhildur Helgadottir, told AFP.

Yeah, good luck with that. This is amusing:
The only other stipulation was that contestants had not gone under the plastic surgeon's knife for cosmetic reasons.

There are people out there who have cosmetic surgery to give themselves saggy breasts and wrinkles? Wow...who'd have thunk it?

Finally, we get some answers as to what infection festered in the mind of this organizer:
The idea for the contest emerged while Helgadottir -- a self-confessed feminist -- was talking with friends in an Isafjoerdur pub.

You know, if I had a nickel for every time I heard of an Icelandic feminist coming up with a great idea, I'd...well, I wouldn't have a nickel. Come to think of it, if I had a nickel for every time I heard of an Icelandic feminist, I wouldn't have a nickel!

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