A beauty pageant in Israel looks to give Holocaust survivors a chance at the catwalk, but is drawing snide remarks instead.
The Yad Ezer L’Haver beauty pageant will take place Thursday, featuring 14 finalists aged 78 to 92, culled from a pool of 65 original contestants.
Prizes will be handed out for the winner, Miss Congeniality and audience favorite.
After the pageant was announced, Dana-Tut Bar, an editor with Time Out, uploaded an invite to the event onto her Facebook account.
The posting garnered a slew of offensive comments, with users saying the refreshments would be “potato peels” and stating the winner should be called “Miss Block 6.”
Still, event director Shimon Sebag said he wasn’t deterred by the off color statements.
“The organization decided to hold the competition… to show that the Holocaust survivors, with all the history they have experienced, are still women who want to celebrate themselves, have fun, and live,” Sebag told Ynet. “If someone raises an eyebrow, let them. We are doing this with a good attitude and pride.”
Yad Ezer L’Haver is a charitable organization that typically focuses on food drives and aid for underprivileged Israelis, as well as running a care home for 100 Holocaust survivors.