The last time there was this much drama at a beauty contest, Sandra Bullock was toting a gun with her tiara in Miss Congeniality. But last week there was a real-life bust-up at a pageant in Chongqing. After the winners had been named, controversy immediately ensued as netizens criticised the result, saying the beauty queens were not very beautiful. The media concurred and suggested that the contest had been rigged. The Chongqing Morning Post claims to have spoken to one of the judges who said the result was not based on their decisions. “We are also disappointed in the three who were crowned,” he agreed, “and I don’t think they represent the women of Chongqing well.” But the organiser Lan Rong denied the accusations, telling the Chongqing Economic Times that there “were reasons and principles behind the choosing of these three women”. But in the latest twist, reports the Southern Metropolis Daily, the organisers have succumbed to media pressure. In order to pacify a sceptical public, the contest announced it will name three new winners. Hopefully they’ll be beautiful enough.
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