Former Miss Brazil Adalgisa Colombo has said that this year`s Miss Universe pageant, which was won by Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, was “rigged” in favour of Venezuela that has taken the last two titles.
“It was rigged. The contest was very dumb, very commercial, with the special interests of (pageant co-owner) Donald Trump, who must have interests in Venezuela,” Colombo told the O Globo newspaper`s online edition.
Colombo, who was Miss Brazil 1958, said her country`s representative this year, Larissa Costa, was one of the favourites and should have been one of the 10 semifinalists, but she did not even make the final 15.
The former beauty queen said her favourite contestant in this year`s pageant was Miss Dominican Republic Ada Aimee de la Cruz, who made it to the final three.
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CARACAS — Venezuela’s afterglow of winning yet another Miss Universe crown has not only illuminated national pride in its Latin beauties — but also its women’s widespread recourse to cosmetic surgery.
Surgical enhancement to the body has become such a norm in the South American nation that it has emerged as a top destination for “scalpel tourism” by foreigners looking for a lift or new contours at a cheaper price.
“There are patients who come from Colombia, the United States, Ecuador, the Caribbean islands… They have surgery and then spend a few days on vacation,” explained Rosi Oyon, head of a French subsidiary selling silicon brest implants.
For non-Venezuelans visiting to improve their neckline, the difference in cost can be significant. In Caracas, breast enlargement goes for around 2,500 dollars, compared to several thousand more in other countries.
Breast implants, facelifts and liposuction have taken the place of swimsuits and talent competitions as criterion on which contestants will be judged in a beauty pageant in Hungary.
Women competing in the “Miss Plastic Surgery” pageant, which celebrates beauty achieved through cosmetic surgery, must submit their medical records along with their vital statistics.
The contest is open to women between 18 and 30 years old who have undergone at least one cosmetic procedure that involved general or local anaesthesia.
A team of judges drawn from the country’s best plastic surgeons will judge the peageant, the final of which is on October 9. The winner will receive a new flat, the runner up a new car, and the bronze prize recipient will win a trip for two to Kenya.
In 2004, Chinese women competed in a Miss Artificial Beauty pageant.