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    Default Proud to be plastic: The 'improved' beauty contest

    Enhanced breasts, noses, and even toes: Hungary hosts a world first
    By Pablo Gorondi in Budapest

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    Pageant participants prepare backstage before the start of the contest


    It had to happen: a beauty contest for the surgically enhanced. The inevitable took place in Budapest on Friday night, when the city staged Miss Plastic Hungary. And, since behind every cosmetically amended woman there is a surgeon, there were prizes for the scalpel-wielders, too.
    It was a night for unnatural beauties. Contestants showed off breast implants, nose jobs and facelifts as Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 strove to promote the benefits of plastic surgery in a country where such enhancements are viewed mostly with a wary eye. "I think this competition is long overdue," said Marton Szipal, a photographer and one of the judges. "Hungarians used to laugh about plastic surgery but it's time for Hungarian women to care more about their appearance. They are the most beautiful in Europe."
    To qualify for the pageant, the 18 Hungarian contestants had to prove they'd gone under the knife mere Botox or collagen injections did not count. Nearly all of them showed off augmented breasts, while reshaped noses were also popular. One finalist had surgically adjusted toes.
    The organisers claimed the women were expected to demonstrate "a perfect harmony of body and soul", but the three-part contest concentrated almost exclusively on their physical attributes, leaving even the conspicuous wishes for world peace, common in more traditional beauty pageants, missing.
    Entrants, who were at least 18 years old, included a former rhythmic gymnast, a firefighter married to a police officer, a mother of three and several strippers. There was a separate category for women aged over 30.

    The rules, should anyone think of replicating the event in footballers' wives land, were particular about who could, or could not, compete. They declared the contest open to any 18-year-old who "has had local anaesthetic or dormant plastic surgery. The so-called ambulant injection treatments such as Botox, hyaluronic acid or collagen injections, furthermore, lip treatments like Artecoll, are not sufficient for applying for the contest. Mechanical skin treatment or that with laser or acid are subject to individual reconsideration".
    The overall winner, Reka Urban, a 22-year-old hostess, won an apartment in Budapest, while the first runner-up, Edina Kulcsar, was given a new car and the second runner-up, Alexandra Horvath, took home diamond jewellery worth two million forints (6,750). Their surgeons also received awards.
    Ms Horvath's plastic surgeon, Dr Tamas Rozsos, said the contest showed that cosmetic corrections did not have to be about oversized breasts, bulbous lips and skin stretched to near tearing point.
    "This is about restoring harmony... eliminating asymmetries and giving women the opportunity to have normal features," Dr Rozsos said. "Plastic surgery has a bad reputation in Hungary, but it is mostly due to the exaggerations."
    Hungary has been hit hard by the global economic crisis, with the government forced to scale back spending on health services, but Dr Rozsos said the number of plastic surgeries has been rising year by year.
    "People for whom this is important always find the money," he said.

    Proud to be plastic: The 'improved' beauty contest - Europe, World - The Independent

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    Miss Plastic Hungary 2009, Reka Urban, center, with the 2nd and 3rd runner-ups.

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    Plastic surgery is common for South American entrants into Miss Universe (and I'm sure they're not the only ones). At least this pageant is up front about everything.


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    Quote Originally Posted by heart_leigh View Post
    Miss Plastic Hungary 2009, Reka Urban, center, with the 2nd and 3rd runner-ups.

    The winner should have invested in braces as well.
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    They don't look that plastic.. I was expecting Wildenstein territory.

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    Why not? Why is it more acceptable to praise the 'natural' beauty of people just for being genetically lucky? It's not like it's something they've worked for or earned. That's why I don't get all the hate for stars who aren't 'natural'. Would it be any better for women in general if we only admired naturally gifted beauties? Hell, at least this is something people can aspire to. I don't see how fetishizing looks is any worse one way or the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseguy View Post
    Plastic surgery is common for South American entrants into Miss Universe (and I'm sure they're not the only ones). At least this pageant is up front about everything.
    yep trust me its not just the latinas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlameItOnVanity View Post
    yep trust me its not just the latinas.
    How did you feel competing against women who had plastic surgery? Did you think it was unfair??


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    Quote Originally Posted by crumpet View Post
    Why not? Why is it more acceptable to praise the 'natural' beauty of people just for being genetically lucky? It's not like it's something they've worked for or earned. That's why I don't get all the hate for stars who aren't 'natural'. Would it be any better for women in general if we only admired naturally gifted beauties? Hell, at least this is something people can aspire to. I don't see how fetishizing looks is any worse one way or the other.
    I agree, but I think the hatred for celebs is because they always deny it and pretend it's natural. I would love it if they would stop pretending that they were all born beatiful and just admit they've had work done.
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    Good for them. Honesty rocks.

    All beauty queens are plastic surgery addicts.
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    ha, I kinda wish there was an Olympics version of this. Let 'em take drugs and improve their performance through scientific advances. It'd be coool.

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    ^ There is. It's called Major League Baseball
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    Did the rules require the silver sparkly underbrow shadow? I need to get my sunnies if I'm going to look at those pics again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseguy View Post
    How did you feel competing against women who had plastic surgery? Did you think it was unfair??
    in a way yes. I think beyond a point it all gets absurd. I mean sure i'm not opposed to PS.. if you're flat chested then get breast implants if you want, if your nose is big then get a nose job if you want... those things would help people look better,sure. but only if you really need it. the thing that got to me is that a some of girls didn't NEED the PS.. they were just having it done as standard. to me that is a little questionable.
    I think its a little like a sports athelete using advanced training techinques or devices(perhaps even drugs) whereas other athletes are just training in a traditional fashion. its a slippery slope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlameItOnVanity View Post
    in a way yes. I think beyond a point it all gets absurd. I mean sure i'm not opposed to PS.. if you're flat chested then get breast implants if you want, if your nose is big then get a nose job if you want... those things would help people look better,sure. but only if you really need it. the thing that got to me is that a some of girls didn't NEED the PS.. they were just having it done as standard. to me that is a little questionable.
    I think its a little like a sports athelete using advanced training techinques or devices(perhaps even drugs) whereas other athletes are just training in a traditional fashion. its a slippery slope.
    Or for fuckssake, no one NEEDS ps with the exception of burn victims or people with other congenital deformities that present medical issues. No one, not even breast cancer survivors who've had mastectomies, needs plastic surgery to live a fully fucntioning life. Sure, they may wnat breast reconstruction to try to regain what has been lost to a horrible illness and I fully support that. However, let's not pretend like vanity is still not at the core of this elective process. What is so wrong with valuing our looks anyway? That is a hangover from the puritan days to suggest that wanting anything simply for the pleasure of having it is inherently sinful and I don't believe that for a minute. Sure, you don't think the other contestants needed surgery, but who says you needed to compete in pageants in the first place? It really comes down to wants, and that's fine in my book.
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