After spending much of the day watching my new DVD, The Sound of Music, I found it quite interesting to read a breaking news story on a new upcoming beauty contest...for nuns! Not that I would equate the Sound of Music to a beauty contest, but it was a bit of a coincidence to be watching a movie about a nun and then read about this nun contest.
According to the TimesOnline article, Father Antonio Rungi is planning to hold
The Sister Italia 2008 contest on his blog. Now those of you that love beauty contests for the bikinis, don't get your hopes up for this one. There will be no bikinis, no swimsuits, not revealing clothing in this beauty contest.
Here are a few of the details:
It will be open only to nuns.
The contestants must be aged between 18 and 40, and can be either full members of an order or novices.
The nuns can decide whether to wear their full habits, including veils, or let their hair down.
Each photo will be accompanied by an account by the nun of her life, personality, daily activities and spiritual development.
Photos of the contestants will appear on Father Rungi's blog in September where readers can vote for their favorite nun. Father Rungi does acknowledge that not all Catholics will be in favor of this contest.
The Times article goes on to mention how although there is no beauty contest for priests, they have been featured in calendars for the past four years. If you haven't seen the priest calendars, Shelley wrote about it here on her former blog, At Home in Rome. She also posted some nice photos of the calendar.
I tried to find Father Rungi's blog, but no luck yet, although I did find 3,120 articles on the subject. I even checked out the Corriere della Sera article, Gara per la suora più bella organizzata dal prete teologo and still no link.
It would be interesting to hear the Pope's point of view on this contest. What are your thoughts?