Call it a beauty pageant with a twist. This show wasn’t about natural beauty, or the usual “I will change the world” speeches, no this pageant was something different entirely. The contest, Miss Plastic Hungary 2009.
On this night the abilities of ones doctor, and the size of the contestant’s bank account outweighed all else. The gorgeous contestants flaunted breast implants, lipo face lifts, nose jobs, and one contestant even went so far as to have her toes done. Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 strove to promote the benefits of plastic surgery in a country where artificial enhancements are viewed mostly with a wary eye.
The Miss Plastic Hungary candidates were at least 18 years of age and included a former gymnast, a firefighter, the usual round of strippers, and a beautiful mother of three.
The goal of the pageant was to help break down the common perception within Eastern that plastic surgery is wrong. Judge and photographer Marton Szipal was quoted as saying, “I think this competition is long overdue. 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.”
Plastic surgeon Dr. Tamas Rozsos saw the pageant as an opportunity to show Eastern Europe and the world that plastic surgery did not have to represent the Hollywood ideal of beauty. He was quoted as saying, “This about restoring harmony … eliminating asymmetries and giving women the opportunity to have normal features,” Rozsos said. “Plastic surgery has a bad reputation in Hungary but it’s mostly due to the exaggerations.”
To qualify for the pageant, the cosmetically altered beauties they underwent more drastic procedures than lipo or a few botox or collagen injections. The two most popular reworked features were breasts and noses.
While the shows organizers claimed to be looking for “a perfect harmony of body and soul,” in the winner, it really all boiled down to who had the most stunning, symmetrical physique.
Reka Urban, a 22-year-old hostess, was eventually crowned Pageant Queen. The grand prize was an apartment in Budapest. The first runner-up Edina Kulcsar was presented with a new car and second runner-up Alexandra Horvath added some bling to her platic, collecting diamond jewelry worth 2 million forints ($10,800).
Reka, while quite stunning, had previously been banned from conventional pageants due to her cosmetic alterations. While once being viewed by judges and organizers as having an unfair advantage, Reka was finally able to celebrate her day in the spotlight. Prior to her victory she stated, “When talking about plastic surgery, people automatically associate girls who have done it with playmates, the sex industry and with a lifestyle supported by an old, wealthy lover. It is not so. I’m here to prove that plastic girls can be real too.”
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