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Saudi Arabia bans beauty enhancements in annual camel pageant


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MARY REICHARD, HOST: Myrna, you can’t make this stuff up. Get a load of this story:

Beauty pageants for camels are a thing!

MYRNA BROWN: You’re kidding.

REICHARD: I kid you not. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Camel Festival kicked off. That’s an event where camel breeders compete for $66 million in prize money! The animals are judged on the shape of their heads, necks, humps, posture and dress.

The rules clearly say: no artificial beauty enhancement is allowed.

But some breeders paid no heed and got caught using Botox injections and face lifts on their animals! They stretched out the lips, used hormones to beef up muscles, used face fillers, and more.

Strict penalties will be imposed for this “deception.”

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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