It’s no secret that the Miss Universe competition accepts pageant contestants who have had cosmetic and plastic surgery, but many contestants choose not to disclose whether or not they have actually gone under the knife. For several years, hundreds of pageant winners from around the globe have been having plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures to improve their figures and increase the chances of winning the coveted crown as Miss Universe.
According to a recent report in FoxNews.com, only elective surgery us allowed and is even encouraged during this fierce competition. In fact, many women come out of the competition completely transformed from head to toe, having undergone several surgeries and non-invasive procedures in order to achieve their ideal look. (Source: FoxNews.com)
The Miss Universe website indicates that contestants are permitted to use needles and scalpels in order to increase their chances of winning, and there are no restrictions placed on cosmetic surgery. In recent years, pageant contestants from Asia have been going under the knife to achieve a more Westernized look, while pageant winners from South America have undergone liposuction and cellulite reduction procedures to achieve a more svelte, pageant-ready figure.
This year’s pageant winner Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela has been under scrutiny from the press and pageant fans who claim that she may also have made a few trips to the cosmetic surgeon’s office in order to win her title. Miss Fernandez is just 18 years old, and has neither confirmed or denied that she has undergone a cosmetic makeover during her reign as Miss Venezuela.
The last three Miss Universe titleholders have all undergone plastic surgery. Miss Universe 2008 Dayanara Mendoza underwent rhinoplasty to achieve a more sculpted look. Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori of Japan underwent a lip augmentation procedure and may also have had eyelid surgery. Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico also underwent plastic surgery of the nose and forehead to achieve a more sculpted appearance.
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