Monday, September 19, 2005

Syrian Beauty Contest: Empty Sign of "Opening"?

Is this a move to demonstrate to the US how "open" Syria is becoming? Or an attempt to compete with the Haifa's and Nancy's and Elissa's of Lebanon? In any case, Lina Saeidi has just been crowned Miss Syria and will compete in the Miss World pageant in China in November. An AP report (I can't find the original) claims this is Syria's first contest, but this appears to be incorrect. I've found an account of a row at the 1965 Miss World contest, when Syrian officials protested over attempts by Miss Israel (Shlomit Gat) to speak to Miss Syria (Raymonde Doucco).

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