A 2009 Cambodian beauty pageant for disabled women was full of land mines from start to finish. Testing taboos, a Norwegian theater director wanted to draw attention to survivors in a war zone. Twenty women scarred by decades of war were to parade their amputated bodies for the chance at a new prosthetic limb. The organizer had the support of the government’s mine action agency.
Days before the debut of a photo exhibit, a lead-up to the live pageant, there was much indignation and all support collapsed. The cancelled pageant provoked controversy even in its aftermath.