Saudi authorities have officially conducted their biggest-ever crackdown on camel beauty contestants that received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups, with over 40 camels disqualified from the annual pageant.
According to Huffington Post Saudi Arabia's popular King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which kicked off earlier this month, invites the breeder of the most beautiful camels to compete for $66 million in prize money. Botox injections, face lifts, and other cosmetic alterations to make the camels more attractive, are strictly prohibited.
Judges at the monthlong festival un the desert are escalating their clamp down on artificially enhanced camels using "specialized and advanced" technology to detect tampering. This year authorities discovered dozens of breeders had stretched out the lips and noses of camels, used hormones to boost the beasts muscles, injected camels, used hormones to boost the beasts muscles, injected camels heads and lips with Botox to make them bigger, inflated body parts with rubber bands and used fillers to relax their faces. Jurors decide the winner based on the shape of the camels' heads, necks, humps, dress, and postures.
The camel beauty contest is at the heart of the massive carnival, which also features camel races, sales, and other festivities typically showcasing thousands if dromedaries. The extravaganza seeks to preserve the camels' role in the kingdom's Bedouin tradition and heritage, even as the oil-rich country plows ahead with modernizing mega projects. Camel breeding is a multimillion-dollar industry and similar events take place across the region.