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

(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."

Aneta Stojkoska was crowned Miss Macedonia to represent the country at the Miss World 2012 pageant in Ordos, China.
Aneta Stojkoska was crowned Miss Macedonia to represent the country at the Miss World 2012 pageant in Ordos, China.   (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
Instead of bikinis, contestants at the 2013 Miss World competitions with don sarongs, traditional in host Indonesia.
Instead of bikinis, contestants at the 2013 Miss World competitions with don sarongs, traditional in host Indonesia.   (Shutterstock)
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