[ 2004-12-13 09:31 ]
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 crown.
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 $36,000 in her quest for the perfect body, according to a
Chinese Web site.
Decadence表示“颓废，堕落，衰落”，例如：The 1890s in Europe are widely regarded as
years of social