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The Miss Sister Italy Nun Beauty Pageant

August 26, 2008

I swear I’m not making this up:

The BBC is reporting that “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.” Instead they will now be thought of as young and slutty.

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.

I once posted about a Catholic church that had scantily clad nuns for its service, and I still receive search strings all the time looking for uplifting posts concerning things such as:

Secrets of nuns
Very Sexy Nuns Undressing but unaware
Nuns gone bad
Sex with nuns
A nuns first time
Hot nuns

Egads. I have seen many nuns in my life, and I’m fairly certain that any of these thoughts were about nine or ten millionth in line in my brain during such times.

Heck, after seeing Whoopi Goldberg in a habit in Sister Act I’m sure any possible attraction towards nuns has been purged from my libido for ever.

Contestant Number One?

Contestant Number One?

UPDATE: It seems Father Antonio Rungi has changed his mind… and I was so looking forward to the sword-drill portion of the competition.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2008 12:17 pm

    I know lots of nuns, but not too many would I appreciate seeing without their habits. Oh my.

  2. Jake permalink
    August 26, 2008 1:35 pm

    I’m just happy I got to watch the Brazil vs Italy womens volleyball on my flight home last weekend. I can’t imagine the nuns in this competition being more entertaining than that. Though it’d be more entertaining than the Miss USA pageants.

    I hope they ask the nuns questions about maps…

  3. August 26, 2008 7:04 pm

    Can you imagine the question-and-answer portion of the show?


    MC: Well, Ms Holy Mother of Eternal Torment, describe to us your perfect date.

    Ms HMET: Gee, I don’t really need much… some unleavened bread, a goblet of cheap wine, and an evening of penitential prayer and self-flagellation usually suits me just fine.

    MC: Okay! Now for Ms St Peter Raked Over Really Sharp, Hot Pokers: What are some of your personal goals?

    Ms PRORSHPGolly! I’d love to one day become the head of my order. I’d use that position to serve those in need in the world, preferably in one of the darkest, most backwards hellholes on Earth! The worse, the better, if that makes sense…

    MC: Thank you. On to our final contestant, Ms Holy Virgin of Unimaginably Excruciating Pain and Suffering Who Has Been Tortured, Beaten, Flayed, Mother Mary, Stabbed, Kicked, Spit Upon, Hit, Shot, Cut, Blessed Among Women, Burned Alive, Drowned, Elbowed in the Ribs, Boiled in Oil, and Crushed Until Unidentifiable as Human, describe your ideal man.

    Ms HVUEPS…
    Contestant #3I’m not really into looks, money, or possessions. I’d just like a man who was willing to sacrifice himself for me, one who would take on the world — or even all its sins — and who I can always count on, even when things are going terribly bad. I’d like him to be older… preferably without a lot of baggage, maybe even no place to lay his head. Long hair and a beard is a must, and he’d have to be good with his hands… Maybe a plumber, a mechanic, even a carpenter. Oh! And a casual dresser — a robe and sandals kind of guy.

  4. Jake permalink
    August 26, 2008 10:17 pm

    sigh… if only I could take contestant #3’s response as a joke. As it is, I’ve seen far too many girls while at a Christian University who really do go for the Jesus look. The dudes with the long hair and beards ALWAYS had flocks of ladies…

    Was I the only one who got REALLY excited when the comment sidebar listed Jenna Jameson as a commenter in here? sighhhhhhhhhh

  5. August 27, 2008 7:21 am

    Jake, try to picture that exchange like I did when I wrote it: as a Monty Python sketch. Maybe John Cleese as the MC, with Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam as the first two contestants, and Carol Cleveland as Contestant #3. Or Maybe Michael Palin.

    I’m sure you’ll forget about your woman troubles…

    (Indeed, my wife accused me last night of “giggling like a school girl” while writing my original comment)

  6. August 27, 2008 7:22 am

    By the way, Jake…

    Isn’t Jenna Jameson a little on the slim side for your tastes?

    Okay, maybe a LOT on the slim side for your tastes…

  7. Jake permalink
    August 27, 2008 8:01 am

    Touchee Brian, touchee. Now I can’t get “THE SPANISH INQUISITION” sketch out of my head. Priceless.

  8. August 27, 2008 9:01 am

    Well she IS a devout Catholic now. So it’s all good in the hood.

  9. August 27, 2008 1:03 pm

    As Brian’s wife, I feel the need to set the story straight. He was not giggling like a school girl. It was more like a full-on hen-party.

  10. August 27, 2008 6:23 pm


    I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition.


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