She is beauty and she is grace, she is elegance and she is taste. Today as the world anticipates, Megan Young, the 23-year-old Miss Philippines is crowned Miss World 2013 in the dazzling island of Bali, Indonesia. The beauty pageant took place against a backdrop of anger and resentment from Muslim protestors who filled the streets with hardline protests due to the contest clashing with their faith. The protestors claimed that their Islamic faith encouraged modesty and restricted showing too much skin of women’s body, besides that celebrating womanly beauty and hotness went against the more conservative look that Islam took on women. The protestors went as far as calling the contest a “whore contest” and a “pornography convention” while some extremist Islamic parties even threatened to disrupt the event.
Megan Young is not new to fame. Moving to the Philippines since she was ten, she has starred in many movies and TV shows both as an actress and presenter. Miss Philippines She’s been caring for her brother and sister on her own ever since her Mom moved to the US (Miss Young’s place of birth). In the future, she hopes to direct movies in which she could express her creativity even more. Despite tough competition from Brazil, France, Australia, Nepal, England and Spain, Miss Philippines stole the crown with modesty and beauty. In her acceptance speech she thanked the judges saying, “I promise to be the best Miss World ever”.
With all the fuss surrounding the hosting of the beauty pageant in a conservative Muslim country, Miss World organizers took the decision to cut bikinis from the swimsuit competition, going for the more conservative sarongs instead. That still didn’t stop the extremist Muslim groups from walking in rallies outside the competition site. Bali provincial police alongside a tight net of security forces secured the place along the north coast of East Java to Bali in anticipation of more protestors joining from other islands. but nothing serious took place on the final day of the competition. The radical group Islamic Defenders gathered its protestors and decided on holding a mass prayer session at a mosque in Sentul, right outside the capital, Jakarta.
Over 120 contestants took the stage on Saturday, but when it came to the finals, the three beauties from Ghana, France and Philippines worked their way up the ladder. Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter came in third place, Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, took the second while the wonderful Miss Philippines wore the crown.
Congratulations to Megan Young, Miss Philippines for wearing the Miss World 2013 crown and let’s hope she really become the “best Miss World” ever.
Written by: Jaylan Salah
Miss Philippines Is the “Best Miss World Ever”
Radical anger against Miss World contest in Indonesia