By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
This Saturday, while many of us were slumbering the day away or catching up with homework, a new Miss World was crowned! Megan Young, also an aspiring filmmaker, took the top honor at the competition held in Bali, Indonesia. Although she competed as Miss Philippines, she was actually born in the United States and left the country at age 10.
What you may not know, is that the Miss World pageant was originally called the Festival Bikini Contest, and was never intended to happen again! Boy, has it come a long way since then – now, it’s considered one of the world’s most broadcasted television contests!
While everyone else celebrated the results, however, there was a much less cheerful group of angry protesters trying to stop the event! According to several pageant representatives, Muslim rioters were offended by the swimsuit competition, because it showed too much skin and went against their religion.
Now, instead of fighting back, Miss World organizers agreed to cut bikinis from the swimsuit competition, and replaced them with more conservative outfits. However, the pressure continued and more groups joined in and called for the show to be banned. In fact, the threats were so scary that they were forced to move the show from the outskirts of Jakarta to the island of Bali.
Even though it may have felt terrifying standing up on stage when faced with so much local anger over something that wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow in the US, Megan Young cheerfully said, “I promise to be the best Miss World ever. I will be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people”.
Congratulations to the winner! It’s inspiring to see her standing so tall in the face of such silly, yet dangerous controversy.
Images courtesy of Miss World Facebook.