Headlines
Published On:12 June 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Bikinis banned at Miss World to avoid offending Indonesia's Muslims

London: Miss World contestants will not wear bikinis when they vie for the pageant's crown in Indonesia this September to avoid causing offence in the world's most populous Muslim country.

Miss World organizers said the 137 women in the competition will instead wear one-piece swimwear, some of which will also have sarongs over the top.

"This is perfectly reasonable in a country that prefers one-piece swimwear," London-based Miss World Organization Chairwoman Julia Morley said on Thursday. Morley denied suggestions the decision to ditch bikinis was made after local complaints about the contest. However, reports in Indonesian newspapers said a number of conservative groups had taken issue with the staging of the contest, highlighting bikinis as a key objection.

The 63rd Miss World pageant will be held in Jakarta, the capital of a country where nearly 90 per cent of its 240 million people consider themselves to be Muslims.

The Jakarta Post reported on Monday that deputy tourism minister, Sapta Nirwandar, said the government had also asked Miss World to follow Indonesian tradition. "Some people in Indonesia still consider it taboo for women to wear bikinis and outfits that expose body parts," the paper quoted Nirwandar as saying on its website.

Over the past year other entertainment events have been disrupted in Indonesia due to threats by Muslim organizations. Pop star Lady Gaga was forced last year to pull out of a concert after a hardline Muslim group threatened to disrupt her show, saying her performances were immoral.

Last month veteran US rock band Aerosmith cancelled a concert in Jakarta citing security concerns. The 63rd Miss World pageant will be held on September 28 in Jakarta, the capital of a country where nearly 90 per cent of its 240 million people consider themselves to be Muslims.

The Miss World contest dates back to 1951 and during its first decade the outfits of contestants raised eyebrows and grabbed headlines while building a growing audience for its televised show.

(Courtesy: Reuters, June 8, 2013)

About the Author

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer on June 12, 2013. Filed under , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Feel free to leave a response

By Indian Muslim Observer on June 12, 2013. Filed under , . Follow any responses to the RSS 2.0. Leave a response

0 comments for "Bikinis banned at Miss World to avoid offending Indonesia's Muslims"

Leave a reply

Editor's Pick

SPECIAL REPORT: Indian religious leaders strongly protest against South Korean government hounding of Shincheonji Church despite cooperation to contain COVID-19 spread

By Danish Ahmad Khan The government of South Korea is pursuing a discriminatory policy towards Shincheonji Church while accusing it of COVI...

IMO Search Finder

Subscribe IMO

    Archive