Thursday, April 03, 2008

Amputee Beauty Pageant Crowns Miss Landmine 2008

Landmines hell; just don't mouth off to a cop...

"She has beauty, brains and soon a new prosthetic leg.

Agusta Urica, 31, was crowned the world's first Miss Landmine Wednesday in Luanda, Angola, beating out 17 other women who've lost limbs to landmines in this African nation still struggling with the vestiges of a 20-year civil war.

Urica, a survivor of a landmine that claimed a portion of her leg, was being fitted Thursday for a new prosthetic limb after cinching the win before dignitaries and the nation's first lady, Ana Paula dos Santos.

"Now she is a famous person here," organizer Morten Traavik said of Urica. "She will be the face and the ambassador of this group of people, for disabled people in general and landmine-disabled people in particular."

Not that she doesn't have a leg to stand on, as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but I am informed that Agusta is Angolan for Ilene and that might have been a better name to garner the attention necessary to turn this story from just a peg on the rung of notoriety to something catchy enough to bear weight without a crutch.

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