The triumph of Megan Young as the first Filipina to win the Miss World crown almost came to naught when Islamic hardliners animadverted bitterly on the show of flesh as “pornography.”
Originally slated to be held in part at the 10,000-seat Sentul International Convention Center (SICC) in Sentul just outside Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, it was determined that it was safer to hold the entire Miss World event in southern Bali at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), which could accommodate only 2,000.
Among the protesters was the Indonesian Ulema Council, which claimed that the contest was not in line with Islamic teachings. The Islam Defenders Front as well as the Islamic People’s Forum were also not shy about their disapproval of the pageant, and demanded that it be cancelled. To appease the protesters, Miss World organizers took out the traditional swimsuit portion of event, but it was not enough. So instead of having the finals at the much bigger SICC, the coronation was held at the BNDCC.
Vania Larissa, the representative of Indonesia in the Miss World Pageant, won as Miss World Talent 2013 and was one of the top 10 finalists. The representatives of Cape Verde, Suriname and Uruguay did not attend the event.read more