The Miss Bum Bum competition is an annual beauty pageant in Brazil that aims to find the best bottom in the country. This year, 28-year-old Rosie Oliveira won the title of best bum. However, just because she’s got the best backside in the nation, doesn’t give anyone permission to grope it.
Immediately following her win, Oliveira was disrespected and assaulted by a drunken fan when he groped her bottom while she was attempting to give an interview. Oliveira turned away from the interviewer and slapped the drunk man across the face.
“This is exactly what I want to fight against,” she said. “Just because I’m Miss Bum Bum doesn’t mean they can disrespect me. I want to show women you can still have a big beautiful bottom and not be treated like an object.”
Contestants in the competition had made a statement earlier about being “treated as a piece of meat” when posting a photo of several participants wearing “meat-kinis” to the official Miss Bum Bum Instagram account.
In the photo, five women are posing wearing bikinis made from strips of beef. In the caption they explained that, “This is an answer to everyone who says we are just a piece of meat”.
Oliveira may not have planned on being groped, but she had previously planned on using her competition platform to speak out, in particular against her home country’s President, Michel Temer.
Upon winning the title of Miss Bum Bum 2017, she appeared on stage waving a Brazilian flag with the words “Get Temer Out” inscribed on it.