Hungary Holds 'Miss Plastic' Pageant
Beauty contest offers prizes to the surgically-enhanced—and their surgeons
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2009 5:36 AM CDT
Winners of the Miss Plastic Hungary beauty pageant, queen Reka Urban, center, first runner-up Edina Kulcsar, right, and second-runner up Alexandra Horvath, left, smile together after the contest .   (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
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(Newser) – Boob jobs, facelifts, and new noses were on parade in Budapest last night as Hungary held its first "Miss Plastic" pageant. The winners—who had to prove they had actually gone under the knife—received prizes including a new apartment and a new car, and their surgeons took home awards. Organizers said the display of surgical enhancements was aimed at boosting acceptance of cosmetic surgery.

Plastic surgery is about "restoring harmony" and "eliminating asymmetries and giving women the opportunity to have normal features," one surgeon told the AP. "Plastic surgery has a bad reputation in Hungary but it's mostly due to the exaggerations." He added that business was booming despite the country's crisis-ravaged economy. "People for whom this is important always find the money," he said.