Tonight is the broadcast of the Miss Universe Pageant. Guys – I KNOW you are watching it for the “Talent” part of the competition, and will likely tune out the swimsuit…
Yeah! Sure you will…
More Cosmetic Surgery than the Bride of Frankenstein?
But it appears… That all is not as it appears.
FOXNews.com talked to former pageant winners, pageant officials, and doctors who say surgical enhancements are par for the course at many pageants, and keeping one’s pageant-perfect physique post-competition can be next to impossible.
A source close to the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization tells FOXNews.com that not only is elective surgery allowed, but it is quietly encouraged. “In many of the countries, from the time she wins (the national title) to the time she goes to Miss Universe, she basically goes through a witness protection program, she is sketched up, and totally changed,” the insider said.
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“Several of the Miss USA winners also get surgery done outside of the office knowing,” the source adds. “Everyone has an excuse like ‘my uncle died’ or ‘I have family issues’ and go away and get something done even after they win. I don’t get it; if it was good enough to win don’t mess with the formula. The responsibility of the title messes with girls’ heads.”
According to the Miss Universe website, contestants can use needles, sponges and scalpels to better their chances of winning. “Although contestants are discouraged from altering their own natural beauty, no restrictions are placed on cosmetic surgery; it is impossible to enforce such a rule,” the Miss Universe Organization website states. “In fact, since 1990, the organization has allowed padding in an effort to discourage participants from permanently altering their bodies for the competition.”
But sometimes padding just isn’t enough. The state directors for Miss USA first runner-up/ dethroned Miss California Carrie Prejean told FOXNews.com that they funded her breast implants prior to the competition. Prejean did not confirm nor deny this.
According to Keith Lewis, who runs Miss California USA, and has been a high-profile pageant judge for 15 years, an estimated 15 percent of the Miss USA hopefuls have undergone either breast augmentation or rhinoplasty as part of their contest preparation. Lewis said statistics are probably a little higher for the Miss Universe competition, he estimates around 30 percent of contestants. He also estimates 10 percent of Miss Teen USA state titleholders opt for elective surgery.
Oh… For the old times, when boys were boys…
And girls weren’t made out of plastic.