Some say beauty pageants are antiquated and and shouldn’t exist in 2017. Certainly some of the rituals associated with the popular competitions need to go. Did you know that in Peru, it’s common practice for beauty queen contestants to publicly recite their bra sizes?
Women taking place in the Miss Peru pageant would normally be required to recite their bust, hip and waste measurements as part of the competition. However, this year, contestants are refusing to take part in the outdated practice.
Instead, they are using the opportunity to take a stand against violence toward women. Rather than reciting their body measurements, they are reciting statistics of female trafficking, battery, and abuse in their home country.
The Miss Peru Pageant was the most watched show in the country on Sunday, and the winner, 20-year-old Romina Lozano, used her turn at the microphone to explain how there have been 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014. She also described the figures in her home nation as avoidable and regrettable.
The subject of violence against women was even on the judges minds. Judge Magaly Medina asked contestants about the topic:
“Every day we see that women die at the hands of their partners, if you had the opportunity to change the laws, what do you think would be the right one to put an end to the feminicide figures?”
Lozano replied by stating the following: “What we see every day on the news is regrettable. There is not a minute or a second when it stops.
“My plan would be to implement a database, one that could contain the name of each aggressor, not only for femicide but for everything that he did to a woman, to know who that person really is and thus make it possible that this does not continue happening.
If we could implement something else, it would deprive them of everything, such as visits and other benefits.”