Last ever 'Miss Bumbum' pageant ends in chaos after contestants lash out
It's no secret that women can be very competitive when it comes to their looks. Even though social media has spawned the rise of the body positivity movement, which encourages people of all genders to love the skin that they are in, historically speaking, the fairer sex has been judged almost entirely for what they look like and, for some, this is all they value themselves by.
This is particularly the case for women competing in beauty pageants. While other qualities like their personalities and talents are taken into consideration, ultimately, what matters most is how they look - and, as is the case with so many things in life, one woman who could be perceived as beautiful by many people might not be regarded as a looker by others.
Case in point, the last ever Miss Bumbum competition. The competition, which is hugely popular in Brazil, sees a host of young women compete to have their derriere place the best in the land, but one contestant was more than a little upset with this year's result. Instead of accepting her defeat gracefully, 27-year-old Aline Uva tried to snatch the sash from the winner.
To see the dramatic fight onstage fight that ensued, check out the video below:
The 27-year-old attacked 31-year-old Ellen Santana because Uva believed that she had won the competition unfairly. This was because Santana's derriere was the result of plastic surgery and Uva she was the only "100% natural" contestant.
Because the incident happened so quickly after the result was announced, people watching were confused as to who actually won.
Uva, whose 110cm bum is 5cm bigger than Santana's said that the competition had been "sabotaged" because women who had plastic surgery were allowed to compete - and that she had received the highest number of public votes prior to the final.
"I obeyed all the rules and my bum is the only one that's 100% natural," she said backstage. "I grabbed the winner's ribbon because I'm the only woman who really deserves the title."
"I represent the natural Brazilian bum and nobody can take that away from me," Uva continued. "The three women who got the most votes are all fake, their bottoms are pure silicone, that's an injustice."
Meanwhile, Santana said of the incident: "She took my ribbon but she can never take away my title."
"I worked the hardest and deserve this title because my butt is by far the firmest," she added. "To be a winner you need to know how to lose, and if I'd have lost I would have done so with dignity, unlike her."
"Now I want to be an inspiration to women around the world," Santana added. "To show them that they can achieve everything they dream of, whatever adversaries they face."
The result, however, was not the only source of controversy at the final Miss Bumbum competition.
Twenty-seven-year-old Paula Oliveira, pictured below, has a 117cm wide bottom and is a transgender woman, and because she ranked third place, some argued that it was unfair and that only cisgender women should have been allowed to compete.
Oliveira's success came just two weeks after Brazil elected far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who is adamantly against the LGBTQ+ community.
Just 15 contestants made it to the final of the last Miss Bumbum competition, which has seen previous winners be catapulted into a life of fame and fortune.
So why is it being canceled I hear you ask? Well, Miss Bumbum is technically getting bigger and a world edition of the event is being held in Moscow next year.
During the finale, contestants paraded their bottoms in front of a panel - at first in a nightgown and then in a bikini.
While there's no doubt that the spat was entertaining, we can only hope that the entrants of next year's competition gracefully accept that a mixture of plastic and real bums can participate - that, or the judges make the rules for entry more stringent.