Her name is Nell*, she lives in Scotland and for someone whose genitals (link NSFW) have been voted the most beautiful in the world, she’s decidedly modest about her victory.
“I still do not believe I have a special vagina,” she told Mic. “I happen to have the best picture of my vagina. That’s it. It’s nothing less, it’s nothing more.”
The search for the most beautiful vagina in the world: The Vagina Beauty Pageant was the brainchild of Brian Sloan, the inventor of the Autoblow2, an oral sex simulator for men. Sloan launched the search for the world’s most aesthetically pleasing vulva as a way to find a model for a future iteration of the Autoblow 2, which would use a “vagina sleeve” to stimulate the user’s penis rather than a rubber mouth.
“There are stock vaginas available at factories, but I thought it would be nice to deduce what kind of vaginal appearance my customers prefer and then design vagina sleeves based on their feedback,” he told the Daily Beast. The winners would receive thousands of dollars and fly to Berlin to have their vaginas 3D-scanned, so Sloan could use them as models for his sex toys.
After the contest was announced, 182 women submitted photos of their vaginas, which were ranked and voted on by 134,707 of the website’s 1.2 million unique visitors from 191 countries. The data from the contest was also used as the basis for a study, which “investigates the diversity of vulvas and the public opinion about different vulval morphologies,” measuring according to such standards as “labia minora length, labia majora length, and clitoral hood length.”
Nell’s filmmaker boyfriend convinced her to enter the pageant after he read an article about it online. She agreed, citing the anonymity and prize money — $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,250 for third place — as an added perk. The three winners of the competition were promised thousands of dollars in cash and the opportunity to have a mold made of their vulvas.
She is excited, however, about the $5,000 grand prize, and she’s eager to fly to Berlin to have her vagina 3D-scanned for Sloan’s sex toy. “I think it’s technically interesting,” she said of the 3D-scanning process. “I’ve always been curious about new technologies and design, which is my field.”
At the end of the day, Nell insists she still doesn’t believe she has a particularly “special vagina.” And should a woman happen to click on her photo, look down at her own vagina and feel woefully self-conscious about her own as a result, Nell says she probably needs to lighten up.
“I took [the contest] for what it was — a fun game. I never took it too seriously,” she said. It’s “a marketing technique for a sex toy.