Miss World 2013, As the Miss World 2013 contestants prepare for the grand finale to be held in Bali on 28 September, several controversies continue to linger around the pageant.
Controversies have been hovering over the 63rd edition of Miss World contest ever since the pageant began in Indonesia early September. There are controversies pertaining to host city, the beach beauty contest and two of the Miss World contestants – Miss Philippines and Miss Uzbekistan.
The Miss World Final had been earlier scheduled to take place in Sentul, on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.
But protests by the hardliner Muslims of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, led to a last moment shift of venue for the pageant’s finale, confining the contestants and the month-long events of the pageant to Bali, which is the only Hindu dominated province of the country.
The protests eventually affected contestants’ travel plans also as they had to cancel their scheduled trip to Jakarta.
Even away from the hardliners, who have called Miss World pageant an offence to Islam, the effect of protests was quite palpable on the beauty pageant as Miss World Organisation brought a major change in one of its most anticipated contests – the Beach Fashion round.
Miss World contestants, for the first time in the history of the pageant, competed in the beach beauty round without wearing a bikini. Instead, they wore traditional Balinese sarongs and blouse. The reason for the same was never disclosed while officials emphasized that “Miss World is not only about the physical beauty of the contestants, but also the values of the culture.”