Monday, May 17, 2010

In The End, Beauty Contests Always Come Down To . . .



You have to love the juxtaposition.

Congratulations to 24 year old Michigan beauty Ms. Rifa Fakih, shown on the left above. She, an Arab immigrant from Lebanon, was crowned Miss USA yesterday. My hats off to her - and one must wonder how long it will be until she gets her first fatwah.

Rifa of course would never have had a chance to compete in a beauty contest were she in the Arab nations of the Middle East. A "Ms. Burkah" contest would incredibly hard to judge. Instead, in Abu Dhabi, men from all over the Arab nations come together annually to view the equally popular Ms. Camel contest. Pictured above is last year's winner, outfitted in winner's garb befitting her beguiling beauty.

Surprisingly, though, there is apparently much similarity in judging beauty contests, whether they be of women or camel. This from National Geographic explains:

But the judges in Abu Dhabi view camels with different eyes, scrutinizing them from nose to tail and back again, evaluating each according to strict criteria. Her ears must be firm. Her back high, her hump large and symmetrical. A rump that's not too big, with just enough room for a saddle. The hair, of course, must shine. A good head is massive. Her nose should have a strong arch in the bridge, sloping toward a bottom lip that hangs down like a bauble. A long neck appeals. As do long legs. And the judges examine the two toes of the feet, looking for what their guidelines call "toe-parting length."

Because so many beauty pageants, in the end, do come down to cleavage.

8 comments:

OBloodyHell said...

> Instead, in Abu Dhabi, men from all over the Arab nations come together annually to view the equally popular Ms. Camel contest. Pictured above is last year's winner, outfitted in winner's garb befitting her beguiling beauty.


Well, yes, but to be utterly fair, in Abu Dhabi, women exist strictly for procreation.

Camels are for recreation...

It's a subtle distinction, but it can matter if you're stuck in certain parts of the world...

8o9

OBloodyHell said...

Old joke.

A new capitaine, LeGarme, of a distant French Foreign post comes to look over his new command. As he's walking around, he sees a camel tied up all by its lonesome.

"What's that camel for, sergeant?", pointing at the beast.

"Well, ah," he hesitates, and LeGarme looks at him pointedly. The sergeant manages to get out, "Well, sir, the men. They have needs. And, well, in a place like this, they get pent up. And, well, the camel is there to assist with those needs. You understand."

The capitaine looks at the sergeant, then the camel, and then snorts in disgust. But he's learned from hard experience not to mess with a new command until you have the feel of it.

The sergeant looks back at him apologetically, "That's how the men do it, sir".

"That's how the men do it?" LeGarme exclaims indignantly.

"Yessir. That's how the men do it." was his reply.

A few months in the deep desert, though, he begins to comprehend the sergeants meaning.

A couple more months pass, and he finds himself distractedly looking at the camel whenever he passes it.

More than one time, he finds himself muttering, "That's how the men do it" as he passes on his inspection rounds.

Finally, eight months in his new command have passed, and he walks out to the sergeant, "Sergeant, I did not understand, really, when I came here, about the camel. Fetch me a short stepladder."

The sergeant hops to the commands of his superior. LeGarme grabs the stepladder impatiently, puts it behind the camel, climbs up, drops his pants, and quickly does it with the camel.

The sergeant is looking at him as he steps back down, re-zipping his fly, and LeGarme says, "Well, sergeant, is that how the men do it?"

The sergeant replies, "Well, not exactly sir. Most of the men just take some leave, get on the camel, and ride it to a brothel in a town sixty miles away, but whatever floats your boat..."

:-P

billm99uk said...

PHWOOOOOARR!! Look at the hump on that!!

...as we readers of Britain's biggest selling paper 'The Sun' (home of the Page 3 girls) are prone to say ;)

lady kingdom said...

hohohohoho ...

what a beautiful camel

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MK said...

"Because so many beauty pageants, in the end, do come down to cleavage."

LOL True.

OBloodyHell said...

Lawrence said...

"I am a new form of spambot. Aren't you impressed?"

Really.

> "Because so many beauty pageants, in the end, do come down to cleavage."

More of a leg man, meself.

Anonymous said...

Clearly choosing her as the winner was the politically correct choice.

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2010/05/affirmative-action-in-beauty-contests