Father Rungi, a moral theologian with his own blog, said that the nuns would not wear swimsuits or revealing outfits. What he valued most in a woman was “inner beauty”. Asked for his feminine ideal, he replied: “Well, I would say Sophia Loren.”
The contestants must be aged between 18 and 40, and can be either full members of an order or novices. Father Rungi said that he expected many who applied to be young, attractive — and non-Italian. He said: “Do you really think nuns are all wizened, funereal old ladies? Today it’s not like that any more, thanks to an injection of youth and vitality brought to our country by foreign girls.” He said there were nuns from Africa and Latin America who were “really very, very pretty. The Brazilian girls above all.”
Update, Wednesday afternoon: The contest has been cancelled.
Andrea adds, belatedly: I think our idea of beauty has been so hopelessly corrupted that there was little chance of anyone seeing the whole business of a “nun beauty pageant” as sexual… Beauty apparently must be measured by naked anorexics in America’s Next Top Model… I wish this priest had gone ahead with his pageant. It might have reintroduced the world to what beauty can really be.