12 Camels Booted Out of Beauty Contest for Using Botox

Yes, you read it right – this is not a misworded headline. As it turns out, Megyn Kelly is not the only one concerned about the plastic surgery background of others. It seems that these 12 camels might also become guests on her show. We are talking about camels who attempted to participate in Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.

Camel Beauty Contest

An event during the King Abdulaziz festival happens to be a camel beauty contest. Officials from that beauty contest were forced to make the difficult decision of kicking 12 camels out of the contest for getting Botox injections – as reported in The National, which is a United Arab Emirates-based newspaper out of an Abu Dhabi. Obviously, Botox is forbidden for the camel beauty contest participants. And the contest is obviously quite competitive as well.

A Very Popular Event

The National further stated that 300,000 people and over 30,000 camels were in attendance for the second annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which is scheduled to run from through the entire month of January this year. And when we see the total prize money for this year’s festival is $57 million, then it is understandable to see how the camel beauty contest could become very competitive. This is especially true since apparently $31.8 million was reserved for “pageantry”.

It is hard to imagine all the creative ways that they are using Botox and other cosmetic methods to gain an edge over fellow camel owners. And it makes one wonder exactly how much of this is legal – if any – and how many times they get away with doing these things.

“They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,” said Ali Al Mazrouei, who is a festival regular attendee. “It makes the head more inflated, so when the camel comes it’s like, ‘Oh look at how big that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.'”

And it was reported just days before the festival started, even a veterinarian was caught red-handed as he was giving Botox to camels and also performing surgery in order to reduce their ear size, The National stated.

In addition, The National reported that height, shape, and placement of its hump were all factors in this camel beauty contest, but also claimed that, “a full, droopy lip and large features are essential to achieving camel celebrity status in the multimillion-dollar industry of camel pageantry.”