Bottoms up, it’s Brazil’s annual “Miss BumBum” pageant!

Yes, it’s that time of year when 27 luscious, ripe bottoms fight it out to be crowned the best backside in the country.

What’s more, the first round is determined by online voters – yes that means the fate of these delectable buttocks lies in your capable hands.

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After narrowing the 27 down to 15, the contest will see the remaining girls travel to Sao Paolo in November for the “grand finale”, where a panel of judges will scrutinise the booty.

Literature on the website urges contestants to "show your talent to represent the 'national passion',". It also points out a recent Spanish survery which found that 81 per cent of men prefer women with curves and "furthermore, they do not care about the cellulite".

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Last year’s contest saw model Rosana Ferreira take the crown – and the $5,000 prize money, with second prize on $3,000 and third place taking $2,000.

And like all the best beauty pageants, Miss BumBum is not without scandal.

Cibelle Riberio was almost disqualified amid suspicions she may have had buttock implants. Graciela Murano, a writer and editor for Oddee told The Huffington Post Riberio had been the nation's favourite, but the scandal - coupled with the fact she reportedly refused to take an X-ray - almost derailed her spot in the running.

However, she has since submitted an X-ray and is back in the running, Globo said.

Phew.

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  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, pose against a wall for local photographers before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, wait to record a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, wait to record a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    A competitor of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, adjusts a mask before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012.Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    A competitor of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, touches a dog before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, walk to take photos before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Carine Felizardo

  • Carine Felizardo