For many of you who look forward to watching the swimsuit segment of the Miss World competition this year, you may be disappointed to hear that this portion will now be replaced by contestants sporting traditional sarongs of Bali instead. Hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia, the event organizer for this year’s competition, Hary Tanoesoedibjo, feels that women are becoming increasingly objectified and the event has put too much emphasis on physical beauty as opposed to the true inner qualities of women. Viewers and judges are so blinded by the Victoria Secret bodies the contestants probably have starved for a week prior to the competition that they fail to value the intelligence, leadership, and success the women have achieved thus far. Therefore, they want to change that this year by decreasing the sexual objectification of women and removing the swimsuit segment and throwing in a more cultural conservative formal wear of sarongs. This change was also implemented to respect the religious views of the high Muslim population in Indonesia, as women here are more covered up.
So What Does Donald Trump Think?
Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe competition, obviously disagrees with these changes. He believes that with this change, the ratings will most likely to drop and honestly, he may be right. As much as we don’t want to admit it, many women watch wanting to be them while men fantasize to be with them.
What Do I think?
It’s quite a load of B.S to be honest. If you want to start another feminist revolution all together and “de-objectify” women, then let’s ban this whole competition all together. Regardless whether they are in their bikinis or not, these women are still being critiqued for their physical appearance and by making them compete with one another; they are still subjected to sexist remarks by viewers.
On the other hand, hey – at least this is a start right? I appreciate the effort and sincere concern by the event organizers in Indonesia to make some radical changes to the competition. Let’s just hope that this is not just a one-off thing because it is hosted in conservative Indonesia this year and we can see a real change in the direction of these competitions.