A 22-year-old student who said she hopes to become a cosmetic surgeon was crowned the winner yesterday in China's first pageant for such "manmade beauties. " Feng Qian, who had...
BEIJING A 22-year-old student who said she hopes to become a cosmetic surgeon was crowned the winner yesterday in China’s first pageant for such “manmade beauties.”
Feng Qian, who had doctors to thank for four procedures that added a fold to her eyelids, liposuctioned fat from her belly, reshaped her cheeks, and injected botox to alter facial muscles, received a $6,000 country-club membership after being picked from among 20 finalists who ranged in age from 18 to 62.
Rising urban incomes have made extreme makeovers fashionable in China, and many women are going under the knife in search of movie-star looks, raising concern about the nation’s rapidly growing, but unregulated cosmetic-surgery business.
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The government says the industry took in $2.4 billion last year.
“I think this contest offered a platform for all the girls who have undergone plastic surgery and aren’t willing to talk about it,” Feng told reporters. “This is recognition of the girls like us.”
The first runner-up, Zhang Shuang, also 22, underwent 10 procedures more than any other contestant including altering her eyelids, nose, ears, breasts and upper and lower jaw as well as softening her skin and removing body hair.
Cheng Lili, also 22, second runner-up, had six procedures, including nose and breast augmentations.
The event was organized after an 18-year-old woman was disqualified from another Chinese beauty pageant this year on the grounds that she had had cosmetic surgery.
Competitors had to submit proof that they had undergone surgery. Sponsors included Chinese makers of cosmetic-surgery products. One contestant, Liu Xiaojin, was a 21-year-old transsexual who was a man until three years ago. She shared a prize for Best Media Image with a retiree, Liu Yulan, who has had a facelift and three other procedures.
Organizers said 90 women from other countries, including the United States and Japan, applied to compete. But they said the non-Chinese applicants were deemed not serious enough about the contest or had language or scheduling problems.
China banned beauty pageants after the communists swept to power in 1949 and took decades to revive them. It first entered the Miss World Competition in 2001, but has hosted the pageant for the past two years on the southern island of Hainan.