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I’ve written about some sad stuff before, but nothing has shocked me as much as this. This year’s Miss World Pageant, which will be held in Indonesia, will be bikini free.
I know what you’re thinking: they finally are just going to let them do it naked. Sadly, that is not the case. By bikini free, I mean that the contestants will be forced to wear clothing less revealing than the classic skimpy swimwear we all know and love.
The reason behind the ban on bikinis this year lies in the location of the pageant, Indonesia. Indonesia, if you didn’t know, happens to be the world’s most populous Muslim country. Out of respect for the country’s traditional values, the governing body of the London-based Miss World Organization has deemed that alternative swimwear will be used in the beach attire portion of the competition.
According to the chairwoman of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley, Indonesia is designing a special one-piece bathing suit for the event. Contestants will also wear a sarong, the traditional swimwear of the Indonesian resort island of Bali. However, she was clear that of the 137 contestants participating, none would be wearing a bikini.
Obviously, as an American, I respect Indonesia’s right to hold their traditions and values dear. I wouldn’t like it if someone came here and told me I had to do something that went against my beliefs. I’m just a little upset with them, I guess.
If you’re truly worried about this, which you really shouldn’t be, don’t worry — there are also Miss Universe and Miss Earth pageants, and as of today, my research shows they’re still allowing bikinis.
All I can say is that you better be making a damn good looking one-piece, Indonesia.
[via Yahoo! News]
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