PESARO, ITALIA - 30 settembre 2011: Jacqueline, 66, participates at Miss Over, a beauty pageant for women over 30, 40, 50 and 60 years old in Pesaro, Italy.
TORRE DEL LAGO, ITALY - JULY 31, 2011: She Wulva, 29, participates at the Miss Drag Queen Italy the contest, the only contest and festival for Drag Queens in Italy, in Torre del Lago. Torre del Lago is well known for being an important gay and gay-friendly summer resort of national and international appeal. It is considered the gay mecca of Italy. A drag queen is usually a man who dresses, and usually acts, like a caricature woman often for the purpose of entertaining. Generally, drag queens dress in a female gender role, often exaggerating certain characteristics (such as make-up and eyelashes) for comic, dramatic or satirical effect.
TERRASINI, ITALY - 17 AUGUST, 2011: Giusy, 15, participates at Mediterranea, a local Sicilian beauty pageant for girls between 16 and 24 years old organized by Tele Occidente, a local TV channel, in Terrasini, Italy.
RICCIONE, ITALY - 24 AUGUST, 2011: Luisa, 50, participates at Miss Chirurgia Estetica (Miss Plastic Surgery), a plastic surgery beauty pageant at the Beach Cafe in Riccione, Italy.
TORRE DEL LAGO (LU), ITALY - 27 AUGUST, 2011: Monik, 25, participates at Miss Trans, a beauty pageant for transsexuals in Torre del Lago, Italy. Torre del Lago is well known for being an important gay and gay-friendly summer resort of national and international appeal. It is considered the gay mecca of Italy.
The Eyes #1
Photos and text by Gianni Cipriano
The greatest perfection is imperfection.
To Aristotle “perfect” meant “complete”, nothing to add or subtract. To Empedocles perfection depends on incompleteness, since the latter possesses a poten- tial for development and improvement. Here lies the paradox formulated by Italian Renaissance philoso- pher Giulio Cesare Vanini. The paradox of perfec- tion is that imperfection is perfect.
I travelled around Italy in search of imperfect beau- ties in six different non-conventional beauty pageants and assigned each of them a symbolic colour:
Miss Chubby, pink;
Miss Trans, purple;
Miss Mediterranean, yellow;
Miss Plastic Surgery, fuchsia;
Miss Drag Queen, orange;
Miss Has-Been, blue.