weekly photo challenge: big
It is the local elections this Sunday in Belgium, a big day for many candidates. A lot of flyers and letters I have received will be recycled. Out of 50,000 candidates the Wall Street Journal was pointing some:
Milka Malfait, 22, pulled out of the Miss Belgium pageant in 2009 to concentrate on her law studies. Now she is running for the free-market Open VLD party in Sint-Truiden, citing her beliefs in individual responsibility and support for Belgium’s entrepreneurs.
For her campaign, she re-created the famous 1970s “tennis girl” poster, a cheeky British image, showing a player with an exposed backside.
“It caused a bit of a controversy; some people who don’t know me say I’m more concerned with looks than intelligence,” says Ms. Malfait, who hit the headlines after telling a local newspaper she would strip completely if she polled 1,000 votes or more. “That was a joke,” she says.
However, the experience was a positive one overall because “after one day, I was famous,” says Ms. Malfait, who is ranked 13th on her party’s slate there.
“It’s a very Belgian phenomenon,” she says of the candidates’ campaigns. “It doesn’t happen in France or the Netherlands, but in Belgium everyone is laughing about politics.”