The Saudis have historically been known as a nomadic people, and as a nomadic people have always had a natural affinity for their camels. The Arabian Peninsula are also renown for some extraordinarily beautiful women.
Nonetheless, somewhere down the line, Arab menfolk seem to have gotten their lines crossed. Case in point would be the annual Saudi Arabian “camel beauty contest.”
At least that’s how the Reuters news service is describing the nation-wide competition.
But as it turns out, something’s rotten in Riyadh. A reported dozen of the contestants have been given the boot due to their owners playing fast and loose with the rules.
Judged on the sized of their lips, cheeks, knees and noses, someone’s been a little botox crazy.
A dozen beasts have been disqualified from this year’s Saudi “camel beauty contest” because their handlers used Botox to make them more handsome.
“The camel,” explained the chief judge of the show, Fawzan al-Madi, “is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime.”
In spite of Saudi Arabia figuratively swimming in petro-dollars, the almost exclusively desert kingdom can seem rather backwards to Western eyes. Only recently or still in the planning stages, women in Saudi Arabia can now;
- Vote in municipal elections only
- Drive automobiles
- Go to the movies (Saudi Arabia is finally constructing their first)