Saturday, 8 November 2008
Is Miss Vietnam beautiful or illiterate?
Extract from the Australian
Miss Vietnam misses out
November 08, 2008
DANANG: Vietnam's new penchant for beauty pageants took an ugly turn after government inspectors found the new Miss Vietnam did not live up to their exacting standards.
Like many up-and-coming nations, Vietnam has been using beauty contests to make its mark on the world. In July, Vietnam played host to the Miss Universe pageant, presided over by Jerry Springer and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice").
For many Vietnamese, the event was more compelling evidence the country has arrived than joining the World Trade Organisation was the year before. Newspapers and television channels repeatedly pointed out that this was the first time Miss Universe has been held in a communist country.
But pride crumbled after government investigators found the new Miss Vietnam, crowned on August 31, had not finished high school.
Shocked, Ministry of Culture officials stripped 18-year-old Tran Thi Thuy Dung of her most coveted prize: the right to represent Vietnam at this month's Miss World contest in Johannesburg. Officials in Hanoi are now scrambling to find a suitable candidate to send to South Africa.
Some Vietnamese feel their Government's rigorous enforcement of the rules has botched their chances of winning. Britain and Australia do not have any minimum educational requirement, while the US gives beauty queens six months to finish high school after their first competition.
There's nothing wrong with education but this is frankly depriving the poor peasants from the countryside of the right to compete. Not very proletarian.
I know very little about these contests as they do not conform to my idea of beauty.
However as the title is Miss and in English that means a young unmarried woman or girl I would have thought the only absolute requirement was to be a virgin, presumably female. I wonder how many would meet that criteria. Not many in France where I live although all claim to be students.
Why not a Miss Masters contest or a Miss Baccalauréat contest?