beauty pageant by Julia Ismail October 31, 2017
Miss Peru 2018, the Peruvian beauty pageant, switched things up this year.
During a typical pageant, beauty contestants are asked to state their bust, hip, and waist measurements for the judges. However, the Peruvian contestants didn’t state their size, but instead gave statistics on ongoing issues happening to women throughout Peru.
Sexual assault, trafficking, harassment, and female-hate crimes were just a couple of the topics discussed during the beauty pageant.
Here are a few of the statements given, via Mirror:
Romina Lozano, whose statement was, “My name is Romina Lozano and I represent the constitutional province of Callao, and my measurements are 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014,” was the winner of the pageant.
Former beauty queen Jessica Newton had organized the Miss Peru 2018 event, telling Buzzfeed that the decision to dedicate Miss Peru’s event to gender was based on the idea of empowering women and all those involved.
“Everyone who does not denounce and everyone who does not do something to stop this is an accomplice. Women can walk out naked if they want to. Naked. It’s a personal decision. If I walk out in a bathing suit I am just as decent as a woman who walks out in an evening dress.”
This was a very cool way of using the typically problematic setting of a beauty pageant to shed light on issues affecting the women in Peru.