Last night, TV host Tony Khalifeh, questioned the Director of Promotion in the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, Mona Fares about the controversy surrounding Miss Lebanon caused by the low percentage of beautiful candidates.
When confronted with facts, Mona bluntly admitted that Danielle Salamouny, the Lebanese World Supermodel title holder, was denied entry to Miss Lebanon twice despite her outstanding beauty: In 2011 because she had lip augmentation, and the following year for being the winner of the international contest, ‘World Supermodel’; I think these are very lame excuses!
I doubt that Danielle had augmented her lips, we had seen her teenage photos and she still looks the same, but even if she did, what about contestants of previous years who had a full face make over and looked plastic, e.g. first runner-up of Miss Lebanon 2010, Daniella Bou-Gharios? Also, is the World Supermodel contest of Fiji as important as Miss Universe and Miss World? I don’t think so, in fact World Supermodel had only 17 participants. The bottom line is that Mona Fares and the committee accept at times candidates that are not pretty enough and well qualified while rejecting girls who could easily bring home an international victory.
Mona also said they don’t accept ‘liberal’ girls, and that they search for your personal information online to make sure you didn’t lie on your application or whether you have racy pictures of yourself posted somewhere. Essentially, you have to be very honest about your bio, and take the casting as a job interview, watch your manners, be self-conscious and soft-spoken, otherwise you will be denied if you lied or came across as lively, care free and ‘loose’ – Unfortunately, Fares doesn’t know that for a girl to get noticed by international jury and advance to the finals she needs to be vivacious and energetic. A rigid, stiff Miss Lebanon (jemdeh) will fail to draw attention to her even if she’s very beautiful!
So dear readers and pageant fans, now you finally know why you don’t always see that many gorgeous women competing for the Miss Lebanon title, not necessarily because they don’t trust the pageant, but because the acceptance criteria represents very specific and sometimes impossible conditions that must be met!
If you haven’t seen Mona Fares before, watch this short interview of her in English (below) where she described Lebanon’s characteristics of tourism.
This article was re-edited on: 03/09/2012.
More on this topic coming up soon, in the meantime, your thoughts and comments are welcome.