Indigenous beauty pageants

Recently the Sami News had a story about a beauty contest to be organized by several Finno-Ugric organizations and bodies. The contest is for “Finno-Ugric girls” and it’s called the Northern Star 2009. The final contest will be held in next March in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic and it’s open to those Finno-Ugric ‘girls’ who have won ethnic beauty contests in their local areas in 2008. The website for the contest was only in Russian so I wasn’t able to find more information about it.

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Snow White in the Arctic – another (male) fantasy?

Just as top government officials are gathering in Bali for the UN Climate Change Conference comes news that carbon dioxide emissions at a new gas power plant in northern Norway are exceeding all limits.” (Aftenposten 4 Dec. 07)

“She has been sleeping there, waiting, virgin and attractive, with promises of the most costly pleasures ever seen in this part of the kingdom. Seven suitors she has, and they are no dwarves. They are licencees, and are called Statoil, TotalFinalElf, Gaz de France, Norsk Hydro, Amerada Hess, RWE DEA and Svenska Petroleum. Yesterday it became evident that Snow White was ready receive her suitors, the seven giants (…) No doubt [they] will drain the sleeping virgin to the last drop.” (Oddvar Nygård, Editorial comment, The regional newspaper Nordlys, 26 Sept. 01)*

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