Rocket Man, call your office

Beauty pageants are Rocket Man’s beat, so in his absence a reader has kindly alerted us to the Mrs. World competition just concluded in Amby Valley, India. Forty-one contestants competed for the title of the most beautiful woman of marriage in the world. Mrs. America was one of the forty-one contestants. I hadn’t previously seen the pride of America, but — please feel free to sing along — there she is, Mrs. America, there she is, my ideal.
The AP caption reads: “Mrs. America Julie Love Templeton walks on the ramp during the Mrs. World 2005 pageant at Amby Valley, 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Bombay, India, late Friday, Feb. 25, 2005. Forty-one contestants from across the globe participated in the pageant, held first time in India. Sima Bakhar of Israel won the title and Templeton was declared third runner up. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)”
Below Mrs. Israel vamps on the ramp. I think someone might want to cut out this photo for Secretary of State Rice in the event that she decides to run for president. There’s something magical about the combination of the woman, the pose and the gown.
The AP caption reads: “Mrs. Israel Sima Bakhar performs on the ramp during Mrs. World 2005 pageant at Amby Valley, 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Bombay, India, late Friday, Feb. 25, 2005. Forty-one contestants from across the globe participated in the pageant, held first time in India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)”
To make a long story short, the vamp on the ramp must have had someting to do with the outcome of the competition; Mrs. Israel has been named the new Mrs. World.
The AP caption reads: “Mrs. World 2005 Sima Bakhar, left, of Israel is crowned by Mrs. World 2004 Suzanna Vicheinrut, right, of Thailand at Amby Valley, 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Bombay, India, late Friday, Feb. 25, 2005. Forty-one contestants from across the globe participated in the pageant, held first time in India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)”
One last photo. In the photo below, Mrs. Israel is pictured with the first and second runners-up.
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The Reuters caption reads: “Newly crowned Mrs.World 2005 Sima Bakahr (C) of Israel poses with Mrs. New Zealand Sherin Peace (L) 1st runner-up and Mrs. Croatia Ivana Brnic-Boce (R) 2nd runner-up, for the photographers during a function in Lonavala, 140 km (88 miles) from Bombay, February 25, 2005. Bakahr was crowned Mrs. World from 41 contestants around the world. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe”
I have only one question. How much do photographers like Messrs. Rahi and Paranjpe have to pay for an assignment like this?
HINDROCKET adds: I can see my vacation has gone on long enough, when the Trunk has to take over the pageant beat. One complaint, though, Trunk: “woman of marriage”? Sounds like “person of color.” Be back soon.

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