27 August 2009

A new beauty contest has been announced for Hungary which aims to celebrate good looks achieved through plastic surgery as well as natural beauty. Dubbed the Miss Plastic Surgery pageant, the new competition asks contestants to submit their medical records along with their vital statistics when entering.According to The Telegraph, the beauty contest is open to women between 18 and 30 years old but they must have undergone at least one cosmetic procedure that involved general or local anaesthesia to qualify. This means that procedures from breat implants and liposuction as well as facelifts will be considered during the judging process and will take the place of more traditional criteria. A similar contest ran in China in 2004, when women competed for the top spot in the Miss Artificial Beauty pageant. To be judged by a team of experts collated from the country's top cosmetic surgeons, it is hoped that the pageant will aid the public opinion of the cosmetic surgery industry in Hungary. Plastic surgery suffers from the stigma of artificiality and the Telegraph reports that pageant officials have said that they hope the contest showcases how much the industry has advanced in recent years. The winner of Miss Plastic Surgery will receive a new flat while the runner up will be presented with a new car. The contestant in third place will be awarded with a trip for two to Kenya. Candidates will be accepted to the preliminary rounds until September 5 and 6 and the final will take place on October 9.