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Crowning of beauty queens turns ugly

By Li Xiang (Global Times)

08:16, July 12, 2012

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Three winners of a beauty pageant in Chongqing were judged by Web users as "far below the public's aesthetic benchmark," after their photos were posted on Sina Weibo late Tuesday.

The Miss International 2012 Beauty Pageant Chongqing has become the focus of a tussle over the hidden rules behind the competition that apparently failed to select a true beauty in a city famous for its pretty women.

A staffer surnamed Liu from the pageant organization committee was quoted by the Chongqing Morning Post as saying that the whole competition is based on equity.

"After rounds of grading, they were deemed qualified," Liu said, adding that different people have different standards of beauty and the three winners will represent Chongqing in the national final.

However, an anonymous judge of the pageant told the newspaper Wednesday that judges were under pressure and that the result was not based on the judges' decision.

"We are also disappointed in the three who were crowned, and personally I don't think they represent women in Chongqing," the judge told the newspaper.

The Global Times was unable to contact the pageant's organizer yesterday.

By late yesterday, some 980,000 postings on the pageant results were seen on Weibo, making it the fourth most popular topic.

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