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Nuns in a Beauty Pageant, Miss Sister 2008

Making Tiaras a Habit: Nuns in a Beauty Pageant — Good Idea?

I'll watch any pageant, or any show about pageants but this one? I'm not sure. An Italian priest is organizing an online beauty pageant for nuns called "Miss Sister 2008." The aim of the contest is to fight the stereotype that all nuns are old and homely. The priest behind the plan says, "Nuns are a bit excluded, they are a bit marginalized in ecclesiastical life. This will be an occasion to make their contribution more visible."

And the answer to the big question I know was on the tip of your tongue is this: "We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits." He continues, "But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and we mustn't hide it." Visitors to the website hosting the online pageant are supposed to vote for the nun "they consider a model."

The effort, said to have been inspired by suggestions from nuns, has drawn criticism from the association of Catholic teachers saying, "It's an initiative that belittles the role of nuns who have dedicated themselves to God." The idea of showcasing nuns' beauty as a means of "making their contribution more visible," is an interesting concept. Is it an inspired way of bringing the life of a nun into modern times, or missing the point of being a nun altogether?


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amybdk amybdk 8 years
Wow, colormesticky! That's got me super curious!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
This brings nunsploitation to a whole new level. LOVE IT.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
This seems strange to me. God wants the nuns to develop fire baton routines? I understand the nuns feel marginalized but isn't vanity a sin?
ChristineIrene ChristineIrene 8 years
This beauty pageant objectifies women- it puts women on a stage and makes us vote for them based solely on their looks and bodies- it's disgusting. Why can't there also be a priest beauty pageant? Most priests I know are old and homely as well. This contest, ironically, reinforces gender stereotypes.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I hear you on the vanity being a sin, but this *is* coming from a priest, soooooo...guess he doesn't think it's that big of a sin in the grand scheme of things, eh? Plus, this may sound weird, but if the nuns want to do it, I guess they should be allowed. I mean, most of the time they take a vow of poverty (while the priests are given a lot more freedom)...maybe I'm just scarred by the stories from my high school teacher (a nun) who told us about how they had to share pantyhose, but I don't know...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well we all know who the MC would be right...Whoopi Goldberg maybe?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I can just see the talent segmant now; church organ, yard stick twirling and doulbe dutch." :rotfl: Did anyone see Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with Sarah Jessica Parker, back in the 80s? It was a childhood favorite of mine. There is a nun who is pretty amazing at gymnastics in that movie!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Good point about Vanity! I understand wanting to get the nunnery out and visable, and make them something to aspire to...I just don't know if a beauty pagent is the way to go about it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I was just going to mention that, I agree flyingroo. What about vanity?
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
For the ones not seeing anything wrong with this idea, let me give you something more to think about. Vanity IS a sin, at least according to the Catholic Church, especially vanity about one's beauty. A nun should be humble, one that parades her beauty, no matter the reason for that, it sure isn't. They want to attract more people toward church? How about punishing the pedofile priests first, I'm sure that would gain them more respect!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Oh Lord. I can just see the talent segmant now; church organ, yard stick twirling and doulbe dutch.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I agree w/ torg and em... I don't really see anything wrong w/ this.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I'm with torg. It's not mandatory, so...meh. Judging people on looks alone is so passe anyway. What's the use of a pretty face if you don't have something interesting to say at the same time? ;)
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Eh. It's not like it's mandatory. I don't see any harm in giving them the option.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
It's just a beauty pageant? I would think they'd do something more the Miss America pageant, have it be based on "poise," and other accomplishments.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Ugh please not interested in this crap. If nuns want to be known for their beauty maybe they shouldn't have become nuns in the first place, just a thought.
stephley stephley 8 years
Many nuns have had to leave convent life and get outside jobs because the Church has decided it can't support them while paying off all the abuse cases, or discovered that the Church has done little or nothing to provide for their old age and retirement. Elderly nuns in Southern California have had the homes they've lived in for decades sold to pay the Church's bills. It's insulting that a man of the Church would say 'oh the girls feel marginalized, let's give them a little attention' and think something like this would help.
bffbbf4fun bffbbf4fun 8 years
While I don't think this is a great idea, it has certainly sparked my curiosity. I attended Catholic school from kindergarten through my senior year of college, so I've seen my share of nuns. I always wondered what they'd look like with a little color on their face!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I *would* have voted for: "Missing the point! A nun's work is not her looks, a contest should judge what she's done." but I didn't. Why should a nun be in a contest to be judged by a human when that's contradictory to their work? This is tres confusing to me!
StefaPie StefaPie 8 years
Well, how do the nuns feel about this? Beauty pageants in general are debatable (grown-ups, sure; little kids, totally messed up) but I think the participants have the most relevant opinion on the matter, and I'd love to hear what they think.
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