Miss World Touted as a Whore Contest

Miss World Philippines 2013

Miss World is a beauty contest that is responsible for catapulting careers for past contestants such as Linor Abargil, who took the crown in 1998 as Miss World and was voted one of the greatest Israeli persons of all time.  Azra Akin was another contestant, who was crowned in 2002 as Miss World, took to the stage and won a notable dance competition. With past contestants who continually gain positive experiences from the world of pageantry, who would tout a Miss World pageant as a whore contest?

Muslim extremists truly do not surprise anyone with their crass opinions about the Western world, but comparing a Miss World pageant to a whore contest is a bit much. The Muslims we all know are peaceful and follow their doctrine without hate. It is the extremists that unfortunately voice an opinion that can easily be mistaken as hateful and intolerable to most. Perhaps it is a displaced anger that has somehow found its target, which happens to be a harmless competition of beauties, who have gone through many competitive levels to get to the Miss World stage.

Speaking of women winning beauty pageants, a Nigerian woman was recently crowned a winner in a Muslim version of Miss World. As she won, she had prayed reciting verses from the Quran. The beauty pageant – not whore contest – had 20 finalists of women wearing headscarves –  it does not stop there. The contestants, very much like the American beauty pageants, walked up and down the catwalk with high-heels and beautifully embroidered dresses.  What is strange is hearing Quran and high-heels in the same sentence. What is stranger is the fact that such a contest exists without the extremist backlash that has, instead, lashed out at the newly crowned Miss World pageant.

It is, however, unfortunate for newly crowned Miss World, Megan Young (Miss Philippines), who is no stranger to controversy as she did pose nude in a gentlemen’s magazine in 2012, though the magazine issue that revealed the spread was tasteful and not as controversial as one would think but, yes, we are talking about Miss World. Still, it is quite a reach to tout Miss World as a whore contest, even after the topless shots.

The controversy took place when the pageant had to move to Bali away from Jakarta as Muslim extremists were angry to have such a competition in their capital – never mind the recent beauty pageant that was hosted by Jakarta that sported the same ideas but more clothing – lots more clothing. Though the Miss World pageant was moved, security was beefed up for angry onlookers who were not keen on allowing a harmless competition to proceed in their capital. It is a wonder, though, that within every extreme behavior, there seems to be an extremely obvious contradiction, which does make the extremists’ conviction a tad bit weak. Touting a harmless beauty pageant as a whore contest  does say much about the convictions of those who miss the meaning of the world.

(Op-ed)

Written by: Dianna Coudriet

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