Bikinis Banned! Miss World 2013 Contestants will Wear Beach Sarongs for the Beauty Pageant in Indonesia

Miss World Bikini - June 2013 - BellaNaija

“Miss World organisers have axed the famed bikinis from this year’s pageant, replacing them with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hardline Muslim groups.”

This was the report in the UK Telegraph last week as the most coveted beauty title, “Miss World” is drawing closer. The 2013 edition is slated to be hosted by Indonesia in the country’s resort island of Bali and the capital, Jakarta, come this September.

So, as a replacement, the contestants will be required to wear Bali’s traditional long sarongs as the “London-based Miss World Organisation has agreed to the request out of respect for the traditional customs and values of Indonesia.”

bali long sarong - June 2013 - BellaNaija

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46 Comments on Bikinis Banned! Miss World 2013 Contestants will Wear Beach Sarongs for the Beauty Pageant in Indonesia
  • love June 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    i like

  • Nkem June 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    much better

  • Dora the explorer June 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    sounds good to me!!!

  • Jd June 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm


  • loveth O. June 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm


  • Gorgeous June 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    What is going to happen if they do? Massive erections? No one should have a right to infringe their religious beliefs on others. If you were not taught self restraint from home. Too bad. You are an animal and need to be in jail. mtscheew

    • Gorgeous June 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm


      • Naija4life June 11, 2013 at 5:33 am

        @ gorgeous, nobody says you can’t run around naked if u want to..ure showing act of depth of understanding…and yes I’m sanctimonious and proud…ain’t nothing wrong with that….you seem to have a problem with morality like u have a complex or feel guilty or something…..having standards does NOT mean perfection….andtryingo be good or classy does NOT mean you don’t fail sometimes…so pointing out anyone’s mistakes or sins will NEVER erase yours….wear ur bikini, no one will call police for u but don’t lash out at people who want to cover up …bad belle! Hahahaha

        * lack of depth….typo.,, Ms E, and your point is? ….so because they have standards does that mean they are claiming perfection?…and u trying to point out that someone is hypocritical makes ur own mistakes disappear…??….* some people just don’t get it, why did I even bother*

      • Zero June 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Abi o’

    • Naija4life June 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      @ Gorgeous, What a shame, Your comment reflects lack of knowledge or understanding. A country is hosting a show and have a standard for decorum and moral fiber. If the hosts don’t like it they are free to go else where….when did they hold a gun to anyones head?…they don’t want to see scantily clad or seminude women or is it by force? How dare you throw an insulting judgement on people whose culture is based on modesty ……And yes maybe they dont want erections ok? thats how nature made man it has nothing to do with lack of self restraint……If your own way of life is to run naked in the street like a cave woman that’s your own prerogative……We are not all the same . not everyone is flaky and watery with their morals or a slave to the western code of conduct….They have a moral code and if you have a problem with it go elsewhere haba!

      • Gorgeous June 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        You are a silly woman, abeg get out and save your sanctimonous rubbish for you and your family. Me, i will wear my bikini, if you are around and you like kill yourself. na you get your life. But try to come and talk to me anyhow, and na *gbosa* you will hear. You talk about decency, how many cloth your grand papa and grand mama dey wear??? shior!

      • Ms.E June 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        @Naija4life, @Gorgeous is correct. If they had such high standards, why allow any girl from Indonesia participate in the first place? She also wore a bikini:
        They are “imposing” their standards on the rest of the world. Nobody forces anyone to wear a bikini at Miss World and no one should force you not to wear one.

      • Ms.E June 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        by she I mean Ms Indonesia*

    • Latiffe Lett June 11, 2013 at 1:55 am

      BINGO! I thought I was the only one who was upset about this stupidity!

    • Farah August 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      LOL. they’re such hypocrites! The sarongs are lovely however.

  • Ibinabo June 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    i like too… “traditional customs and values”

  • sarafina June 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    No,I don’t! Ugly! Traditions be damned!

  • tayo June 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    i like

  • lex June 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    loving this, tired of seeing nonsense in the name of fashion

    • Jemma Bond June 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Dude, it’s not nonsense and it’s not fashion. Granted, the Miss World contestants DO wear swimsuits, but it’s now part of Miss World Beach Beauty, no longer the main show. Unlike Miss Universe, Miss World concentrates mainly on humanitarian duties and world peace – beauty accounts for a small faction of the total score – hence the tagline “Beauty with a Purpose”.

    • EL LOCO June 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

      i bet you know a lot about fashion!

  • Charm June 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    The sarongs should be beautifully embellished. That way they would me more glamorous.

  • Stella June 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I likely is more appropriate and decent

  • Stella June 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    lol I like

  • Jemma Bond June 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I really hope the organisers know what they’re doing, because religion and pageants don’t always mix. I can understand why they are holding it in Indonesia this year – diplomatic relations aside, it is cheaper to organise Miss World in certain countries, but they should bear in mind what happened at Miss World 1996 in India, and of course Miss World 2001 in Nigeria.

    • Naija4life June 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Embracing diversity of culture is not a big deal…why exclude certain cultures because you are so hung up on bikinis? Have we become so superficial? So disappointing that its the women who are complaining…so ure right religion and pageants don’t mix but these people have a culture of modesty…even in Dubai most hotels will advise u wear a sarong and not walk around in a bikini…we are not all the same that’s why it’s miss World not miss regionals….diversity people! Learn to be more accepting and accommodating…bigotry doesn’t look good at all

  • edie June 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    needed reform is near and will spread

  • Ijgirl June 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I love it, fashion should be edifying. Nudity is not fashion.

  • patcy June 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Me likey….

  • Wonders June 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Love this! I agree with you Lex and Naija4life! I was listening to Dr. Phil (renowned psych) and the number 1 reason men don’t get married is because they can get sex without having to marry the girl- don’t think this is limited to USA only. The older I get the more I realize that the rules of old set by God were for our good ladies. I really wish women could choose to dress tastefully (not having your breast/butt hanging out, face plastered w/make up, and skin tight clothes head to toe). Men of our parents generation and the generation before and the generation before that did not stopped chasing women or reaping havoc- this should tell us as women wearing less clothing will not get u the ring on ur finger.

    • deep June 12, 2013 at 4:52 am

      Oh so you think Naija men can’t get sex without marriage??? The only reason Naija get married is to fulfill all righteousness cuz they sure do get a$$ everywhere…

  • aleesha June 11, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I never understood the point of the bikinis in pageants anyway. plain objectification of women. we don’t need to see all of a woman’s body to tell that she is beautiful.

  • kilipot June 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Nigerians and hypocrisy…smh, If we were so morally upright and holy we would have grown positively as a nation.

  • Nora June 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I assume d. Organizers of MBGN………wud ban bikinis also……

  • madam June 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    i like

  • preciousong June 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

    why didnt they take it somewhere else like the way they took it somewhere else when it was to be hosted in nigeria and the northerners refused………………………i sense some bias treatment here…………….so miss worl rules can be bent afterall? wat a shame…………..must it be done there?

  • pweedypie June 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    good one

  • birdieblue June 12, 2013 at 11:34 am


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  • Chicadimples June 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I like!
    Think its high time pageants stop objectifying women!

  • Mua June 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Oh Finally

  • sue June 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Brilliant Idea

  • boydo June 17, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Recently i met some of the models in the miss indonesia competition holidaying in the gili islands off lombok, an island south of Bali . They were more than happy to be able to dress in bikinis and drink alcohol, being away from the conservative rhetoric which surrounded them in their home city of Jakarta. Two of the girls were overjoyed at being able to have a drink together and lay on the beach , free from any religious persecution and fear of what might happen if their families found out.
    I have witnessed girls from Iran wearing very short skirts and tiny singlets out in the clubs in Bali, both girls were so happy to wear what they wished as they could not do so back in their own country.
    I am very disappointed to hear about the change in the bikini pageant as religious views should not be able to control the freedoms of women expressing their independance and their own beliefs. Women in the past depending on their cultural and religious views have been free to choose what form of swimwear during this pageant. Now that choice has been taken away by religious zealots and a hardline conservative minority which puts their political and religious beliefs ahead of freedom of choice for women globally.

    • mandy June 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      I too have heard what you commented about. A co-worker stated when she flew out of Saudi Arabia, a woman next to her threw back her head garb and asked the co-worker seated next to her if she could borrow her lipstick. The woman lent her the lipstick (but of course, due to being conscience of hygiene and germs, later trashed it) but the co-worker was shocked at the hypocritical behavior or how this woman’s behavior while in Saudi Arabia was just because of force and not because of a person’s personal choice of how to live their lives. Another example is how the 9-11 Islamic plane crashers visited topless joints etc before they killed themselves and thousands others for Allah. Hypocrites.

  • MEL July 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

    What’s wrong O supporters of democracy? The majority of Indonesian people refuse if miss world 2013 will be held in Indonesia, especially if contestants using a bikini. So let the majority speak ….

  • Dion K Mhembere July 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I like this,it’s a brilliant idea..

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