03 Feb Camels get Caught up in Botox Drama at Beauty Pageant in Saudi
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in the use and consumption of many things; social media, online shopping, and screen time to name a few. And with the government’s orders to work from home and communicate through online platforms, people are seeing much more of themselves than they ever were before, consequently leading to what has been described as a ‘Zoom-boom’ in the cosmetic surgery market. In the quest to gain more self-confidence, the upsurge in waiting lists for cosmetic surgery country-wide has stunned directors and practitioners.
But, it is Botox injections that have had the most significant increase of all non-invasive cosmetic procedures in 2020, with 4.4 million procedures being performed throughout the year. With the rise in stress for many, ongoing uncertainty, hours spent agonising over a screen, many have found the use of this toxin successful in reducing the evidence that this pandemic has caused, erasing the old age wrinkles and trading them in for a visage of youth.
And the recipients of this type of injection is not limited to humans. In December 2021, it was reported that over 40 camels had been disqualified in the most recent King Abdulaziz camel festival for various cosmetic alterations, including facelifts and Botox injections. This is the largest number of disqualifications since the renowned camel beauty pageant began six years ago.
The annual competition takes place in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, commencing at the beginning of December and lasting throughout the whole month. This beauty contest is at the core of the event’s popularity, where the camel’s role in the Bedouin tradition is maintained and preserved; it is a showcase of respect. But respect for the animal does not exceed the great rewards and recognition that this competition holds.
In the case of more than forty owners, Botox was a small price to pay and worth much more than self-confidence, bettering owners’ chances of winning $66 million of prize money through the likes of injected hormones and facial fillers.
The judges base their decision for the winner on the au natural shape of the camel’s head, neck, humps, dress and posture. Aware of the enhanced beautification attempts that have been made in the past, authorities have embarked upon their biggest-ever crackdown in response to any types of artificial touch-ups made to the camels. Advanced technology is now used to alert the judges to any type of tampering, and it is thanks to this advancement that fined penalties and disqualifications of camel breeders have arisen, awarding the prize only to the rightful and honest winner.
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