The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants
We’ve all seen our fair share of cocky dancers, but they’re usually in a club after 2am pretending they’ve got “swagger” and they rarely look anything like this. Photographer and visual artist Ernest Goh, however, has created a series of images that highlight the beauty and character that chickens can exhibit when given a chance.
The series of images focuses on the Ayam Seramas, a chicken bred specifically for its beauty. They even compete in chicken beauty pageants. They have extraordinarily high, full and proud-looking breasts and proud plumage as well. Some even describe their upright posture as human-like, especially because they hold their wings close to their body and down towards the ground – like arms.
You can catch a glimpse of the cute little posers in the following short documentary by art collective Another Beautiful Story. Once you see how these cockerels walk and carry themselves, you will understand the reason why their owners usually describe them as ”proud warriors ready for battle.”
The stark black backgrounds on which Goh shoots his strutting models only serve to accentuate their unusual (for a chicken) postures and proud-looking plumage. This, along with the chickens’ interesting postures, makes for an interesting series of photos. And they’ve all been published in a photo book called Cocks: The Chicken Book.