Miss world: no bikinis allowed?


With this years Miss world being hosted in Bali, one of the world’s largest Muslim nations, the contestants of Miss World will not be asked to complete the bikini round, to respect religious beliefs. Instead they will be asked to dress in more modest attire, including artistically place sarongs.

Surprised that this made international news? I was more surprised that the contest is still running, never mind anything else!

I find the whole notion of the competition very sexist, not to mention all the other international assumptions connected to it: What exactly is beautiful? Why are men not subjected to such a competition to the same degree? Why does slim have to be the only thing that is beautiful?

Apparently the competition originates from a competition in the 1950’s which was put on to exhibit a newly invented item of clothing, the bikini, from which is grew to be the largest international beauty pageant in the world. The fact that it is now being removed from the competition is a little ironic, considering its history.

What are your thoughts? Is the competition justified? Out of date? Is there a better way to do it? Should they take the bikini round out? I would love to hear from you.

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