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No sex, no booze for Miss World beauties

It's all work and no play for the 106 beauty queens preparing for Miss World in China on Saturday.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2003 16:58 IST
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It's all work and no play for the 106 beauty queens preparing for Miss World in China this week, with sex and alcohol strictly off-limits.

"They can meet with boyfriends and parents in the lobby in view of their chaperones, but there are no other activities," Paul Ridley, spokesman for the Miss World organisation, told AFP Wednesday.

"We're looking after their moral standards, so to speak," added Ridley, who said alcohol was also prohibited.

"These are part of the Miss World rules and the image that it wants to present. They are seen as ambassadors for the organisation and to their countries."

The girls battling for the title are at all times under the watchful eye of their chaperones, who also usher them to bed by the 11:00 pm curfew time so they get enough beauty sleep.

After Miss World has been crowned on Saturday, the regulations may be relaxed at the "coronation ball", a bash to celebrate the end of the contest.

"Then, probably there will some celebrating of their success," Ridley said.

This year's contest in southern Hainan province is the first such event in China since the government overturned a 54-year ban on beauty pageants.

First Published: Dec 06, 2003 14:09 IST