Miss World 2013 will be held in Indonesia and because Indonesia has the world’s largest population of Muslims, bikinis will be banned out of respect.
But isn’t the Miss World pageant about empowering women? Aren’t we going backwards with this policy? Or is that too much logic for the pageant committee?
In a move sure to delight anyone who watches beauty pageants not for the swimsuit competition, but for the parts where contestants play instruments and talk about world hunger, the billionaire organizer of the Miss World pageant declared Thursday that there would be no bikinis this year.
“It has been misunderstood by some people that Miss World is a beauty competition focusing on the physical attractiveness of a woman’s body,” the organizer, Hary Tanoesoedibjo, an Indonesian media tycoon, said.
“This is absolutely misleading,” Mr. Tanoesoedibjo said, adding that the pageant is also about “inner beauty, which includes intelligence, manners and achievement.”
Bathing suits will not be eradicated completely from the contest, a multiweek extravaganza that is to begin Sept. 4 and culminate Sept. 28, when the finals in Jakarta are broadcast around the world.
But instead of showing off their figures in racy, skin-flaunting two-piece suits, the contestants will be swathed in more modest one-pieces, accessorized with beachwear like wraps and hats.