And so to Qatar – no, not personally, you understand – where FIFA are doing their level best to quash any sort of rebellion, claiming we should all focus on the football rather than Qatar’s disdain of women’s rights, the LGBTQ+ community and migrant workers.
But someone who apparently can’t wait to be welcomed with open arms to the event is Brazilian digital influencer Marina Smith, who has just beaten off more than 100 candidates from different countries to scoop the “Miss BumBum World Cup 2022”.
Miss What? Yep, you read that correctly. You see, Miss BumBum started off as an annual beauty pageant held in Brazil to reward the owner of the best buttocks in the country but has since expanded with spin-off competitions Got Ass, held in North America, Miss BumBum World, the Fitness Angel Show in Japan and one for the FIFA World Cup.
And they certainly do take their arses seriously In Brazil, where well-shaped and sizeable female buttocks are, er, widespread. In fact, in 2014, more than 50,000 buttock implant procedures were performed in the country, compared to 19,000 in the whole of the US… and no doubt a big fat zero in Qatar.
Anyway, back to Ms Smith. Born in Curitiba, Paraná, she works on Brazilian TV and really got in the mood for the BumBum contest by bringing a Muslim reference in her photo, complete with hijab…and thong. How fitting.
She said: “I didn’t imagine that my photo would be the one chosen, I made several options. I wanted something that was in accordance with the culture of the country that hosted the Cup.” If you say so, luv.
Marina leaves for Qatar on November 21 with all expenses paid by Miss BumBum competition, with tickets for the main games are already guaranteed, among them, the debut of the Brazilian team on November 24 against Serbia.
Coincidentally, one of the countries visited for the programme was Qatar. “I am really thrilled to be returning to a country that welcomed me, it feels like a dream.”
Well, we’re glad you think so Marina, but just make sure you cover up that BumBum, unless you want to spend the next fortnight sitting on your fat arse in a Qatari jail…