Saturday, November 17, 2007

Miss Finance 2007 Beauty Pageant

Just when you thought improbable occurances on a daily basis were so routine to become almost unnoticeable, The Miss Finance Russia beauty pageant comes along.

No, I'm not kidding. Check it out for yourself at

According to the website, the purpose of the pageant is to "find the most worthiest representatives of the financial world to the public". Competition organisers added "We want our customers to understand that financial services are available to everyone, that finance is not just about numbers but can be sometimes be a very beautiful girl", and the press release stated that the co-hosts (one a beautiful girl and one a male businessman) "personified the two sides of the contest, on the one hand-an excellent representative of the female sex, and the other, an elegant businessman, a representative of the financial sector".

In addition to the obvious "Miss Finance" crown, girls had the ability to compete for such prestigeous titles as "Miss Pension Fund", "Miss Asset Manager", and "Miss Banker". This year they added a new category called "Miss Sympathy", presumably for the poor girl who actually has financial skills but who's aesthetics aren't quite up to scratch.

To earn these noble titles, girls had to do such varied things as singing, dancing, dressing in random Asian outfits and wedding dresses and submit writing samples. To the best of my knowledge, there were no swimsuit competitions (pity), and nothing whatsoever that had anything to do with actual finance. To the right is a photo of the unfortunate "Miss Sympathy".

Viva Russia, and their dignified Finance representatives!

Not to be outdone by "Miss Finance", other noteable upcoming professional beauty pageants include "Miss Advertising", and the dubiously titled "Miss DIM" (a local fashion house).

Contest participants can been seen here.

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