FORGET THE WORLD CUP, QATAR ALSO HOSTED CAMEL BEAUTY WORLD CUP, AND THERE’S CONTROVERSY
So there’s this little sporting event that happens every few years called the World Cup. Literally billions of people lose their minds following the drama of who wins and loses, until there can be only one. I must admit that I’m following the World Cup drama, too, all the more so because this year the host is Qatar. But then I just found out about other major competition drama that wrapped up recently that Qatar also hosted. This you haven’t heard of, because it’s the Camel Beauty World Cup. And yes, there’s drama! And somehow, there’s also controversy, too.
CAMEL BEAUTY WORLD CUP A CELEBRATION OF HISTORIC GULF ICONS, AND IT’S REALLY COMPETETIVE
The Camel Beauty World Cup started on November 24th, hosted by the Mzayen Club. I had no idea about the historic stature of camels in Gulf countries. They are well regarded as they were a part of the start of every Gulf country, and some even say were also a part of civilization in the Gulf itself. But I’ve never considered camels to be beautiful, or even could ever be beautiful. I know they’re stubborn, and taciturn enough to make the Grinch seem jovial. They spit, bite, and kick. I never considered anyone would try to put lipstick on a camel, so to speak.
CAMEL WORLD BEAUTY CUP TARNISHED WITH AUGMENTATIONS LIKE HORMONE TREATMENTS, BOTOX
And therein lies the controversy. Every camel is inspected by a veterinarian, and to make sure the animals are healthy. It’s to make sure that each camel hasn’t had any cosmetic surgery! In the Camel Beauty World Cup last year in Saudi Arabia, officials disqualified 43 camels from the competition for various augmentations. And I do mean augmentations! We’re talking about Botox, face lifts, and even muscle boosting hormones. And just like many people from Los Angeles, these augmentations can leave the animals with horrifying injuries. So what is there to gain, besides winning the Cup?
Notoriety, of course. Camel breeding is now a multi-million dollar industry, with camel beauty contests all over the region every year.