Internet users will be able to choose their favourite nun from
An Italian priest says he is organising the world's first beauty
pageant for nuns to erase a stereotype of them as being old and dour.
Antonio Rungi says The Miss Sister Italy online contest will start on
his blog in September.
"Nuns are above all women and beauty is a gift from God," he told
Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper.
He is asking nuns to send their photos to him, saying that internet
users will then choose the winner.
Father Rungi stressed that nuns were not being invited to parade in
bathing suits, saying it will be up to them whether they pose with
the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.
"This contest will be a way to show there isn't just the beauty we
see on television but also a more discreet charm," the priest, who
lives near the southern city of Naples, told the Corriere della Sera.
"You really think all nuns are old, stunted and sad? This isn't the
case anymore," he said, pointing out that many young nuns had arrived
to Italy from around the world.
He added that the idea of staging such a contest had been suggested
by nuns themselves.