As the world awaits the beginning of the Miss World 2013 Pageant on September 28 at Bali Indonesia, several controversies continue to surface just hours before.
Megan Young, Miss Philippines and a top contender to the crown is among the most talked about candidates, however this time, it’s not about the winning, but about facing possible disqualification.
The issue? her topless photo posing by the shore that was published on a Rogue magazine issue last March 2012. The same photo which caused her disqualification from Binibining Pilipinas this year.
In an article that came from the International Business Times UK edition, a user commented, “Rules are rules when it comes to the Miss World beauty contest it seems that contestants’ taking their clothes off is a clear breach of the laws.”
“A beauty queen is somebody that is a good role model inside and out and obviously is a beautiful person. It’s not just about exterior beauty; a beauty queen has to have outstanding morals, elegance, femininity and class. And that’s what everybody thinks it is. Beauty queens should be seen as role models not sex object.”
The User also asked, “Will an Indonesian group of religious and feminist launch a protest on Megan Young’s naked pictures? How will Miss World Organization and Indonesian government handle this issue?”
However Cory Quirino, Franchise holder of the Miss World Philippines dismissed the issue of Megan’s possible disqualification from the pageant, and raised concerns instead over the smear campaign.
In a statement, Quirino said that there has been a smear campaign by a negligible sector of the Philippine pageant industry to destroy Megan’s chances for a win in Miss World.
Quirino called on Filipinos to unify in cheering for Young who shall be contending against 126 beauties from around the globe during the coronation night Saturday, September 28 which will be aired 10:30 p.m. over GMA 7.
She requested each and every Filipino to consider the honor the Miss World Crown will bring to the country, if Megan Young wins. She also urged her countrymen to join hands now to prove that the Bayanihan spirit is strong, alive and above all, genuine. Early on, Pageant organizers faced strong protests from traditional Indonesian groups after the organizers announced that the pageant will be held in the Islamic country. The organizers however pacified the said groups by doing away with the usual two-piece swimsuit and introducing a one-piece bikini covered with the traditional sarong in its place.
Meanwhile as of press time, Megan Young, the Philippines’ bet for the Miss World 2013, remains listed on the pageant’s official website.
Here at Kicker Daily News, all we can say is… go Megan!