Saudi Arabian Beauty Pageant?

Saudi Arabian Beauty Pageant? May 7, 2009

burkacomparexI don’t even know how to introduce this one. I’ll let it speak for itself.

“Sukaina al-Zayer is an unlikely beauty queen hopeful. She covers her face and body in black robes and an Islamic veil, so no one can tell what she looks like. She also admits she’s a little on the plump side.

But at Saudi Arabia’s only beauty pageant, the judges don’t care about a perfect figure or face. What they’re looking for in the quest for “Miss Beautiful Morals” is the contestant who shows the most devotion and respect for her parents.

“The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants’ commitment to Islamic morals… It’s an alternative to the calls for decadence in the other beauty contests that only take into account a woman’s body and looks,” said pageant founder Khadra al-Mubarak.

“The winner won’t necessarily be pretty,” she added. “We care about the beauty of the soul and the morals.”

So begins the ABC News article.

I can’t wait to see the swim suit burkas.

Let’s just hope photos of the winner’s ankles don’t show up somewhere online.

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