The contest was Miss World China. The winners were the top 3 in Chongqing region. The reaction from netizens was “So ugly!”
The Chongqing regional contest of Miss World China 2012 recently released pictures of its top 3 winners, but netizens didn’t seem to find any beauty in these three beauty queens. As a popular post on Sina Weibo concluded, “Chongqing is famous for its beauties, yet the top 3 of the Miss World Chongqing beauty pageant looked so ugly. If someone says they represent Chongqing’s beauties, I’d be ashamed to be a Chongqing native.”
“Bashing Chongqing beauty pageant” has stayed on Sina Weibo’s Top Trending Topic for 2 days. Most comments are mean and sarcastic. The 3 beauty queens have become a national laughing stock. For example, someone compared the three girls to the three main male characters from China’s ancient classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Netizens even photoshoped parts of the face of the third prize onto female celebrities to show why she can never look pretty. But these not-so-beautiful winners aren’t the only controversy of this pageant.
Who are their sugar daddies?
A judge for the contest who requested to remain anonymous told a newspaper in Chongqing: “We received quite some pressure when selecting the top 3 finalists. The decision wasn’t made by us judges. Personally, I feel disappointed about the results, too. I don’t think they [the top 3] truthfully represent the images of Chongqing beauties.”
Such responses from a judge confirmed netizens’ suspicion of backroom casting couch in the contest – many are asking “who are behind the selection process? Who are the sugar daddies of these winners?” In the minds of netizens, behind every backroom scandal, there must be a corrupted government official. So no wonder, in the current case and similarly in every other case, the government and the political system in China are the ones to blame. As netizen 李国斌律师 commented: “Where is our hope in a nation where the evil forces even reach their hands to entertainments like beauty pageants?”
Will a Chinese face upsetting to the eyes of the Chinese appealing to the eyes of Westerners?
The more interesting discussion out of the story is on the different beauty standards of a pretty Chinese face between China and the West. One of the three winners defended herself and said: “This is Miss World, an international beauty pageant. I hope people don’t be limited by their own outlook and don’t act like the frog in the shadow well. Please judge me using global beauty standards.”
Many netizens actually agreed with her. Netizen 紫罗静开 asked: “Are the judges foreigners?” Sophie_小星星 commented: “After all, this is Miss World. Foreigners have very different beauty standards from us. They may look very pretty to foreigners.” There has long been this myth that pretty Chinese women in the eyes of Westerners are considered ugly by Chinese standards. So where is the gap?
While the West tends to favor traditional Chinese facial features such as brownish skin, high cheekbones, flat round face and single eyelid narrow eyes, the Chinese prefer the opposite.
The West: Single eyelid narrow eyes vs. China: Big round cat eyes….like animated big
The West: Flat round face vs. China: pointed face with high nose…”pointed as a stabber” (锥子脸)
And of course, there is also the “perfectly tanned” in the West vs. the “as fair as possible” in China. Most Chinese women are firm believers in the old saying “Fair skin can make imperfections invisible” (一白遮三丑). In a word, foreigners prefer Chinese faces that look like a Terracotta Warrior and Chinese wish all their women look like someone walking out of a Japanese animation.