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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 13:46:49 EST
China to crown first "Miss Plastic Surgery"
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will soon host the finals of the country's first
beauty contest in which every contestant has gone under the knife.
Twenty "man-made" beauties will parade their surgical nips and tucks next
Saturday in the hope of taking home the country's first Miss Artificial Beauty
The contest is the latest addition to China's beauty pageant scene after Miss
World was held in the southern island of Hainan for two years in a row.
Beauty pageants were once considered reviled displays of western decadence
but have become big business in Communist-ruled China following more than two
decades of economic reforms.
"I wanted to convey a message to society -- that the pursuit of beauty is
ageless," said 62-year-old Liu Yulan, the oldest contestant who turned to
plastic surgery to smooth facial wrinkles and fill out her drawn cheeks.
Another contestant, who did not make the Miss Artificial Beauty finals, spent
300,000 yuan in her quest for the perfect body, according to a Chinese Web
Organizers dreamed up the pageant after one woman who splashed 110,000 yuan
on improving her looks attempted to sue them for banning her from the finals
of a traditional beauty contest in May.
Plastic surgery clinics offering everything from liposuction to eye
remodeling have mushroomed in major cities in China in recent years.