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Gus wins Manhunt International Pageant

A Gusworld NOT-TRUE-NEWS story

In a glittering ceremony at Singapore's Merchant Court hotel, well-known Internet celebrity Gus Kidman was last night crowned the Supreme Winner at the 1998 Manhunt International Pageant.

Wearing a body-hugging Trent Nathan glitter G-string that showed off the manly figure that has earned him the nickname of 'Mr Buff', Gus accepted his pageant crown in front of a packed audience of proud parents, local dignitaries and underwear industry executives.

"First of all, I'd like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this event," a visibly-moved Gus said in his acceptance speech. "I'd also like to thank my parents, Anthea and Cyril, and my fitness coach, Butch. I feel so proud and privileged to be a part of this glittering event. Being in a major international pageant isn't about winning -- it's about working to achieve your personal best, and I feel like we're all winners here tonight."

Gus made a clean sweep of the event, winning the prize for swimwear, the Jockey Fitness award, the Best Groomed Trophy and the Sparks Talent Award as well as the overall prize. Despite this unprecedented knockout, other contestants had only positive things to say about the fun-loving 20-year old, who hopes to work with children when he finishes his law degree.

"I've made so many great friends on the pageant scene," said Raul Serrate, the Bolivian entrant. "I've also won enough money to put my entire family through college. I was really impressed by Gus' talent performance, where he sang the Adrian Gurvitz classic 'Classic'."

After the glittering prize-giving ceremony, the men of Manhunt partied on at a series of Singapore discos until 11:30pm. Partygoers were entertained by a glittering musical performance by Peabo Bryson.

While the world of pageantry has come in for increasing criticism in recent months, especially since the tragic death of midget pageant queen JonBenet Ramsay, organisers of the Manhunt event were quick to stress that winning the pageant required much more than physical perfection.

"Our contestants aren't just gorgeous glistening hunks," said organiser Fifi LaBooger. "Manhunt International is about many things: talent, personality, charm, and commitment to making the world a better place for our children. Physical appearance only counts for 70% of the overall score."

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