Rare glam dolls

Published: Monday 15 December 2008

Tired of watching glamorous models catwalk down the ramp with some of the hottest couture looks? How about a beauty pageant featuring locally bred sheep?

The Saudi Arabian town of Nejdi held a beauty contest on October 30 in which sheep walked down the ramp and breeders sat in armchairs around a tiny red- carpeted runway in a lit-up stretch of the desert, north of Riyadh.

As rams and ewes were put on display after a show of fireworks, bidders appraised the competitors' physical beauty, with the finalists off to the highest bidder. The contest offered an opportunity for breeders to do business. Nejdi sheep are known for quality.

"Just like humans, sheep shouldn't have fat in unwanted places. Good ewes can sell for us $5,300-8,000,'' said Faisal al-Saadoun, the event's organizer.

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