It’s said this is the world’s most spectacular beauty pageant which is more fiercely contested than Miss World.
And those contesting are not women, but men. At stake? Not only the fame, but a new wife.
This competition is conducted by the men of the Islamic polygamous Wodaabe tribe – an ancient group of nomadic cattle herders who are said to be the vainest and most beautiful people on earth.
The men from the Wodaabe tribe, who live in the Sahel in Africa, congregate together every year for what can be said to be the most interesting beauty contest in the world. Their most important date is September at the end of the rainy season when the tribe gathers ahead of their transhumance migration – to celebrate Gerewol.
The interesting thing about this contest is that its the women who are judging the men. The men are out to impress the tribe’s women hoping they can take them as their husbands.
During the dance, the men line up shoulder to shoulder and slowly move in a circle. The men are judged by three of the tribe’s most prettiest women, chosen, normally, because their fathers have won previously won the past competition.
Each female judge gets to choose her own winner – and winning brings with it acclaim and their pick of women in the tribe.
Watching on are also the tribe’s most eligible women who are looking for their next husband.
If they like a man, the women can chose to be ‘stolen’ by one of the better-looking men, leaving their husbands behind.
They claim to be the most most beautiful people in the world and their men carry mirrors at all times to check their appearance. The men spend six hours preparing themselves for their big moment when, like peacocks they can dance and show off in all their finery.
The female judges are looking for specific things: The man must keep great poise, show his teeth, flutter his lips and sing from his throat
As part of the dance ritual, they are supposed to bear their teeth to show how perfect they are.
If a man is worried his wife might chose to be stolen, he may keep her away from the Gerewol
No self-respecting man, it is said, would be without his pocket mirror. ‘A woman with an ugly husband will try to escape,’ a tribal woman observed. ‘If she doesn’t, it is because she really loves her husband!’
Original story at DailyMail.co.uk