Organizers of the Miss World beauty pageant in Bali this September have made a shocking announcement: the 137 women competing will NOT be strutting any of their stuff across the stage in a two-piece.
Miss World Organization chairwoman Julia Morley told Australia’s Herald Sun that producers didn’t want to offend the many Muslims that reside in Indonesia.
“I don’t want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful,” Morley said. “We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant.”
There’s a safety issue at work here as well.
Lady Gaga canceled a concert in Jakarta last year after religious protestors referred to her as a “messenger of the devil.”
Look for the pageant contestants to don sarongs and other more conservative attire for the beach fashion part of the event.