Saudi Arabian camel beauty contest disqualifies several contestants for using Botox

Henrietta Brewer
January 25, 2018

The National reported that prize money totals $57 million, with $31.8 million reserved for "pageantry". The reason behind the rejection is that camels have used botox used in cosmetic surgeries to remove wrinkles - and violating the contest's strict rules, reports the Daily Mail.

Chief judge of the show, Fawzan al-Madi, told Reuters: 'The camel is a symbol of Saudi Arabia.

"We understand that camels are a national treasure in Saudi Arabia, but animals should not be abused for entertainment, and there should be more respect for the animals' well-being".

'We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime'.

The beauty of a camel is assessed according to its height, shape of the hump, delicate ears and full lips. It is located on the outskirts of Riyadh, and is created to celebrate the camel, which is considered a "symbol of Saudi Arabia".

The beauty contest is part of the King Abdulaziz festival taking place outside the Saudi capital this month, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to attend.

For the Bedouin of Arabia, nothing is more essential than the camel.

Organisers of the month-long annual camel festival aim to reflect traditional aspects of Saudi cultural heritage.

Foreign women attend the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, some 160 kilometres east of Riyadh, on Jan 19, 2018.

Camels parade down a racetrack as judges rate their lips, cheeks, heads and knees.

No form of modification is allowed but with a substantial prize up for grabs, some participants have tried to win the beauty contest with things as extreme as the use of Botox.

The pavilion features an auction where top camels can fetch millions of riyals.

The festival also has an exhibit featuring the shortest and tallest camel.

"The age of a camel is measured by its teeth, camels must be microchipped to compete and some competitions require blood testing".

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