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Nuns don’t need a contest to be beautiful

Nuns beauty 
pageant scrapped 


August 27th, 2008

An Italian priest who planned to hold the world’s first beauty contest for nuns has decided to cancel the pageant after complaints.

Antonio Rungi wanted to host the called Miss Sister Italy contest to end the stereotype of nuns being old and dour, reports the BBC.

He wanted to hold the contest online on his internet blog but changed his mind after the local religious authorities expressed their displeasure.

“My superiors were not happy,” 

Father Rungi said from the town of Mondragone, near Naples. 

“The local bishop was not happy, 

but they did not understand me either.

“It was interpreted as more of a physical thing. 

Now, no one is saying that nuns can’t be beautiful, 

but I was thinking about something more complete.”

Father Rungi insists he never intended to put sisters on the catwalk and wanted only to highlight that they were 

“above all women and beauty is a gift from God”.

He said he had intended to showcase the good work that nuns do, 

especially in education and health care, 

so as to boost interest in religious vocations.

“We have to draw more attention to the world of nuns, 

who are often not sufficiently appreciated by society,” 

he wrote in his blog.

“Nuns are – above all – women, 

and beauty is a gift from God,” 

he said before he cancelled the project.  



How the story was first reported below.



ROME (AFP) – August 24th, 2008 – The first beauty pageant for nuns debuts next month with the advent of 

“Miss Sister Italy,” aimed at erasing a stereotype of nuns as being old and sad, 

a newspaper reported Sunday.

“Nuns are above all women and beauty is a gift from God,” 

priest Antonio Rungi of the southern Italian diocese of Modragone told the daily Corriere della Sera.

“This contest will be a way to show there isn’t just the beauty we see on television but also a more discrete charm,” he added.

Nuns wishing to participate in the contest should send their picture to Rungi, 

who will publish it on his blog. 

Internet surfers can then vote for their favorite nun online.

“You really think all nuns are old, stunted and sad? 

This isn’t the case any more, thanks to the arrival in our country of young and vital nuns,” 

notably from Africa and Latin America, Father Rungi added.

The idea of organising a beauty pageant had been pushed by the nuns themselves, 

he said, adding he expected roughly 1,000 candidates.

“I hope the next (pageant) won’t just take place online but that we can organise a real show that can take place during the Miss Italy contest,” Rungi said.


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