Eight out of the nine contestants at the finals of the Bahrain leg of Manhunt International 2019 boycotted the event after claiming that the judges were “of no great standards”. It is learnt that except Omar Al Mohammed, an ex-model and a judge at similar competitions, other members of the jury were from diverse backgrounds.
Contestant Belal Mohammed, 22, said he staged the boycott after getting dispirited. “It is a grave injustice to us, who have been investing days or months of hard work into the competition. How are these judges going to evaluate our skills without having any knowledge of fashion or modelling?” However, the organisers of the beauty pageant dismissed the allegations as baseless saying that judges with diverse backgrounds were intentionally chosen.
Manhunt International is a male beauty pageant which began in 1993, conceived by Metromedia Singapore and Procon Leisure International. Manhunt International is organised to promote new faces for the male modelling and fashion industry.