Tags: bikini | ban | miss | world | indonesia

Bikini Ban in Effect for Upcoming Miss World Pageant in Indonesia

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 05:52 PM

By Morgan Chilson

A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Miss World contestants won’t walk the Indonesian runway in bikinis this year after protests from Muslim groups led the organization to adapt its policies and ban the barely there swimsuits. The 137 Miss World contestants will wear Bali’s traditional sarongs instead.

The Sept. 28 event will be held on Bali and in Sentul, which is near the capital of Jakarta.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

Fox News reported that Julia Morley, chairwoman of the Miss World Organization, said Indonesia is designing beautiful one-piece beachwear for the contestants to wear.

Adjie S. Soeratmadjie, an official broadcaster and local organizer of the pageant, told The Associated Press, “There will be no bikini in this year’s Miss World pageant to respect our traditional customs and values. This is a sensitive issue in Indonesia.”

The Miss World pageant is well-known for its sexy bikinis, an issue which has caused controversy for some time in Indonesia.

“That contest is just an excuse to show women’s body parts that should remain covered,” said prominent cleric Mukri Aji, the AP reported. “It’s against Islamic teachings.”

Other groups were planning protests of the pageant, and some have said they would request the president cancel the event.

Despite a conservative take on bikinis and other behavior many in the country consider immoral (Lady Gaga cancelled a concert there after protesters called her a messenger of the devil), the country is still looking to be seen as a fashionable nation.

A story in the Sacramento Bee recently wondered whether Indonesia might be the “Paris of Muslim?” as fashion shows there promote colorful, beautiful clothing.

The women on the runways for those shows might be more covered than models in Paris, but their clothing is equally stunning. Islamic fashion fairs are part of the Indonesian government’s efforts to turn the country into an Islamic fashion capital by 2020, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Urgent Poll: Is the US Economy Healthy? Is it a Bubble About to Burst Again? Vote Now

Related stories:

Miss Russia Haters Say Elmira Abdrazakoza Isn’t Russian Enough

Indonesia Courts Sentence British Woman to Death in Drug Case

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved