Miss World 2013: No Bikinis!
Event trades bikinis for sarongs in Islamic Indonesia
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
Aneta Stojkoska was crowned Miss Macedonia to represent the country at the Miss World 2012 pageant in Ordos, China.   (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

(Newser) – The Miss World competition is saying buh-bye to bikinis after protests from Muslim groups convinced organizers to replace the skimpy swimwear with long sarongs, reports the AP. The change is a nod of respect to this September's host country, Indonesia, and sarongs are traditional in Bali and Jakarta. "This is a sensitive issue in Indonesia. We have discussed it since last year and they have agreed," one organizer tells Fox.

Indonesia is designing for us a very beautiful one-piece beachwear, and I'm very happy with them," says the Miss World Organization's chairwoman. "I don't think Indonesia is the only country that has that culture. But we like to work in the manner respectful to every country, and I cannot see why when you go to somebody's country you should not behave respectfully."

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Firmansyah
Jul 26, 2013 11:36 AM CDT
My name is Firmansyah. I'm pure Indonesian and I'm a moslem too. You should know that Indonesia is the biggest moslem populous country in the world. Indonesia is not like many countries in Middle East region that dominated moslem people around the world. Indonesia has more than five religions including Catholic, Christian, Hinduism, Buddhism and etc. Even moslem people dominates our country but we live together and respect each other. And Since we know that Miss World Beauty Pageant will be held in Indonesia this year, we are all happy and so excited. Of course we feel so proud that our country will host an international contest/pageant. The problem of Using Bikinis or Without it. It's not a big problem I think. Just a little bit people disagreed about this pageant. Don't try to make it so exposed. It's just how we can respect a country's traditions and cultures. Indonesia is a rich country. Rich of Cultures, Tribes, Traditions, Languages, Natures, Religions and many more. So you have to be wise to accept the new idea or concept. I think Bikinis wear will be banned for this year's pageant is one of the new breakthrough and the first that ever been made in this pageant. As the alternative we change it into the traditional costume/wear. It's called "Sarung Bali" or we can say it "Bali's Sarong". Many Indonesian people supported this idea, including the owner of this Pageant, Julia Morley. You can search the articles on your Google machine...about what was she said about this idea....I think it's enough to make you all know about Indonesia and this year's pageant. And the last but not least, I'm as one of the Indonesian people agreed that Indonesia will host this pageant and we always support it. Keep Spirit and Go Ahead...!! Indonesia...!!!
Cromulent
Jun 9, 2013 8:52 AM CDT
The wages of Islam are bitter indeed. Its been this way for 1400 years.
user99
Jun 8, 2013 1:54 AM CDT
I voted for brilliant but then I realized no bikinis didn't mean nude.