Indonesian tile workers' toned torsos on display for Independence day

Workers take part in a bodybuilding contest for tile factory workers in Majalengka, West Java province, on Aug 11, 2017.
Workers take part in a bodybuilding contest for tile factory workers in Majalengka, West Java province, on Aug 11, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

JATIWANGI, INDONESIA (REUTERS) - More than 70 roof tile factory workers in Indonesia participated in a bodybuilding contest on Thursday (Aug 10) on the island of Java to mark Independence Day.

The men slapped oil on their bodies before strutting down a runway, flexing their muscles to music and cheers from other residents of Jatiwangi, a village about 200 km east of the capital Jakarta.

The highlight of the competition, which was judged by last year's winner and a panel of women, featured the contestants picking up as many roof tiles as they could carry.

The men developed their muscles through the demands of their profession making, lifting and stacking roof tiles in the village, renowned in Indonesia for its tile products.

"I was small and thin when I started worked at the roof tile factory," said one contestant, Yana Kusyana. "I'm happy with the way I look now, the girls love me."

The winner, Oman, took home a trophy in the shape of an arm lifting roof tiles, and a modest cash prize of 2.5 million rupiah (S$255).

"I hope the next generation will maintain their bodies," said Oman, who uses only one name, "because our bodies are a gift from God."

Similar competitions are held across Indonesia in traditional celebrations of Independence day which falls on Aug 17.