Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year’s pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups, organizers said Thursday.
All of the more than 130 contestants will be required to wear Bali’s traditional long sarongs instead of the sexy bikinis that are historically part of the competition, said Adjie S. Soeratmadjie of the RCTI, the official broadcaster and local organizer.
Clerics of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, or MUI, said they would send a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to demand that the beauty pageant be canceled.
“That contest is just an excuse to show women’s body parts that should remain covered,” said Mukri Aji, a prominent cleric from West Java province’s MUI branch. “It’s against Islamic teachings.”
Well – guess what! Not every contestant is Muslim, so why are these people demanding everyone abide their nonsensical rules?
Julia Morley, chairwoman of the Miss World Organization, said she intended Miss World to behave respectfully. Yes, you should respect and demand respect. Having everyone disguise according to a superstition not all of the contestants adhere is disrespectful. No model should subject herself to that.