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The Miss World pageant comes to Indonesia this month with Sentul in West Java and Bali hosting the final stages of the month-long event.  Over one hundred contestants will be welcomed to Bali for preliminary programs leading to the eventual showdown in Sentul on Saturday 28 September. This is a major honor for Indonesia as the 63rd Miss World marks the pageant’s first foray into South East Asia.

The Miss World pageant comes to Indonesia this month with Sentul in West Java and Bali hosting the final stages of the month-long event.  Over one hundred contestants will be welcomed to Bali for preliminary programs leading to the eventual showdown in Sentul on Saturday 28 September. This is a major honor for Indonesia as the 63rd Miss World marks the pageant’s first foray into South East Asia.

Another landmark of this year’s Miss World contest is the exclusion of the bikini show which has been an integral part of the pageant since its inception in 1951. The first Miss World pageant was originally set up by Eric Morley as a bikini contest following the introduction of the new swimwear. Later, Miss World developed beyond its initial content by incorporating social, cultural, and to some extent, political subjects.

Local organizers of Miss World 2013 deny rumors that the bikini ban was due to protests from Indonesia’s Moslem hard-line groups. A representative explained that the decision to leave the two-piece swimwear out was made because Indonesia was assigned as host country. In support of the plan, Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World International, stresses the importance of respecting the culture of the host country. 

In place of the bikini show, competitors will model beach sarongs, a popular fashion accessory throughout the country, and Bali in particular. During their time on the island, the contestants are scheduled to visit popular destinations like Tanah Lot, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, and Besakih temple. 

 

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