21 March 2018

Camels disqualified from beauty contest because of Botox

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A group of 12 camels have been banned from a beauty contest after it was discovered that they had used Botox. The annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia has been tarnished by the attempted violation of the strict rules in Riyadh. reports citing

It’s a serious competition with a total of $57million (£40million) up for grabs so there is great temptation for people to cheat – Miss Camel gets $30million (£21.4million) Last year’s handbook states: ‘Camels that are found with drugs in lips, shaved, dyed in any parts of the body, or with changes from natural form are not allowed.’ Fawzan al-Madi, chief judge, said: ‘The camel is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime.’

The pavilion features an auction where top camels can fetch millions of riyals. There are food stalls and souvenir shops, a petting zoo featuring the world’s tallest and shortest camels, a museum with life-size sand sculptures of camels, tents for tasting camel’s milk and viewing camel-hair textiles, and a planetarium showing how Arabs rode camels through the desert guided by the stars.

Organisers say this ‘heritage village’ will expand in coming years as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – who is heir to the throne, defence minister and head of oil and economic policy – takes the reins through a newly-created official Camel Club established by royal decree last year. Halfway through this year’s festival, attendance is up about a third from last year, with about 300,000 people making the 1-1/2 hour trip from Riyadh so far, said Fahd al-Semmari, a Camel Club board member. ‘The vision is for the (festival) to become a global, pioneering forum for all classes of people to come for entertainment, knowledge and competition.’

2018.01.24 / 12:29
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