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.”


One thought on “weekly photo challenge: big

  1. Nice, fresh take on the theme. Thanks for a very interesting post.


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