For many years, the bikini part of a pageant allows a female to show how hard she has worked for her body and how she shows skin when somewhere with a bikini. In addition, the Miss World pageant have been allowing it for 63 years.
Just recently, however, chairwoman Julie Morley removed the bikini portion of the pageant, and will no longer feature it in future competitions. Although many people view the beauty contest as a form of women showcasing their beauty, Morley and the organization believes contestants are there to not only win the title, but are women first and are there as ambassadors, not as just any beauty pageant winner.
A following statement was made by national director Chris Wilmer via ABC News:
“The organization has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,” said Chris Wilmer, the national director of Miss World America/Miss United States organization. “It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s ‘beauty with a purpose’. There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.”
Although there will be no bikinis, there will be a beachwear round, in addition to the original portions of the pageant, including sports, dance, evening wear, Beauty With A Purpose video, and interviews.
South African contestant Rolene Strauss was crowned the winner at the 64th annual pageant at London.
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