Monday 19 March 2018

Beauty not just skin deep in moral pageant

Kathy Marks Jakarta

There will be little, if any, flesh on view, and contestants will be required to demonstrate their good morals. Welcome to Miss Muslimah World, a beauty pageant to be staged in Jakarta next week, in defiance of the Miss World competition taking place on Bali.

The World Muslimah Foundation, a Muslim women's group, has announced an "Islamic response" to the Miss World furore: a beauty contest next Wednesday featuring 20 modestly dressed women from Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Brunei, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

The event "for Muslim ladies" will respect religious traditions, and has the blessing of Islamic scholars, according to the Asia News website.

Outfits will reflect "the colours of the Muslim world", and beauty will not be the only criterion, said one of the organisers, Eka Shanty. Rather contestants will be judged on the three 'S's – smartness, style and sholehah (good morals). (© Independent News Service)

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