Muscle Parade

Muscle Parade
Muscles, muscles, and muscles. The contest is all about muscles. The crowd in Kabul’s Park Cinema never stopped to cheer their heroes on stage.


Mister Muscle of AFGHANISTAN [2007, 2008]

Bodybuilding and Afghanistan. For most of us this pair does sound odd. ‘Afghanistan and Gun’, ‘Afghanistan and War’, or ‘Afghanistan and Bomb’ all sound much more familiar and “suitable” to us. Although foreigners might prefer to associate with AK-47, long beards, and Arab gowns, those Afghan young men are now showing up their shiny smooth chest, bulging biceps, and packed stomach. Proudly they come out in body show contest, where hundreds of spectators cheer enthusiastically to support their Greek-god-bodied fellows. In a country where the posters of Tajik warrior Ahmad Shah Massoud and the president Karzai scatter the streets, Arnold Schwarzenegger – the governor of California – is the real king. Amid bombing and kidnapping outside, the prestigious male beauty pageant in male-dominated country is crowning Mister Kabul and Mister Aghanistan on anual basis.


Blog article on this story:
Kabul – Mister Kabul, Mister Muscle from the Afghan Land

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About Agustinus Wibowo

Agustinus is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer. Agustinus started a “Grand Overland Journey” in 2005 from Beijing and dreamed to reach South Africa totally by land with an optimistic budget of US$2000. His journey has taken him across Himalaya, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. He was stranded and stayed three years in Afghanistan until 2009. He is now a full-time writer and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Contact: Website | More Posts

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