Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/05/lara_croft_to_hit/

Lara Croft to hit the catwalk

"Miss Digital World" seeks electronic ideal of beauty

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 5th November 2003 18:46 GMT

Next week sees the launch of the so-called "Miss Digital World" competition - a chance for designers and programmers to win a virtual beauty contest by sending their computer-generated e-Babes down the online catwalk.

Franz Cerami is the man with the plan and the artistic vision: "Every age has its ideal of beauty, and every age produces its visual incarnation of that ideal from the Venus de Milo in ancient Greece to Marilyn Monroe in the 1960s. Miss Digital World is the search for a contemporary ideal of beauty, seen through virtual reality," he expounds.

Yup, typical bloke's flim-flam for what is little more than a chance for hormonally-charged geeks to give flesh to their masturbatory fantasies. Mercifully, the organisers have some moral and ethical framework propping up this nonsense: "They [contestants] should not have taken part - not even as extras or cameos - in pornographic films, shows or plays nor have made statements...in any way out of tune with the moral spirit of the competition."

Bearing this in mind, any digital artists, advertising agencies or videogame programmers are invited to send their leggy lovelies - complete with date of birth and body measurements - to the organisers. And, if any reader fancies his or her chances, here are a few pointers:

Bootnote

Would-be contestants are directed to the

Miss Digital World website

, although they should note that at time of publication, the site is "under construction". ®