Believe It Or Not, A Camel Beauty Pageant Is A Real Thing

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If Dogs can have their own beauty shows, why can’t Camels? eh?

The Saudi Arabian Miss Camel Pageant is a real thing and has been going on since 1999. Also known as the King Abdulaziz camel festival, it’ll be running from April 15th in the desert city of Rimah.

About 50,000 camels take part in the competition and they will be judged on their “untouched natural beauty”.

The competition started in 1999 when a group of local Bedouins (Nomadic Arabs) decided to pick out the prettiest camel from a rambling herd. The Saudi royal family was into it, and the festival has since grown enormously.

How are the camels judged?


Well, the most beautiful camels among the thousands of competitors are judged on various features, including the size of the camel’s head, whether the lips cover its teeth, the length of the neck, the roundness, height and placement of the hump, the size of its eyes, how long the lashes are, how the nose droops and whether the ears stand back. Also, the camels must be pure-bred and residents of Saudi Arabia.

According to reports, there’s about $30.66 million in prize money to be distributed among the winners, and more than 10,000 visas have already been issued so foreigners can come into Saudi Arabia and attend the event.

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