While there is growing intensity surrounding what has become known as the “Miss Uzbekistan mystery” Rakhima Ganieva now finds herself in the midst of an Islamic Miss World controversy. One of the reasons there is mystery surrounding the 18-year-old Ganieva, is that she is an official contestant in the Miss World 2013 pageant, only she hails from a country that is predominantly Muslim. The country is Islamist therefore the tenets of Islam govern many aspects of society, including the “sexualization” of women. Rakhima Ganieva didn’t “win” the title of “Miss Uzbekistan” because Uzbekistan doesn’t hold national beauty pageants. It’s against Islamic view.
As there is growing intrigue surrounding how exactly Rakhima Ganieva managed to arrive in Indonesia and participate in the events, there are growing protests surrounding the Miss World 2013 pageant itself. Set for the finale on Sept. 28, 2013, the Miss World 2013 pageant was to be held at the Sentul International Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. That is now in question as Islamists are protesting what they view as a “pornographic” event being held in their city.
Reports say that members from the Islamic group “Front Line Defenders” and the “Indonesian Islamic Society Forum” held rallies in the streets Saturday night and waved banners saying, “Reject Miss World" and "Miss World Go To Hell."
According to the latest Miss World 2013 update, the event is seeking an alternative location for the event.
It’s quite possible that with the growing discontent of resident Muslims, Miss World 2013 organizers have greater problems on their hands then solving the Miss Uzbekistan mystery and how a woman from a predominantly Muslim country entered the pageant in the first place.
What do you think about the controversy surrounding Miss Uzbekistan as well as Islamic protests regarding Miss World? While there are many chasms between the west and the east; many in the U.S. also debate and take fault with the nature of beauty pageants. Whether it is accusations of child sexual exploitation in young, children’s pageants displayed in shows such as “Toddlers and Tiaras,” or the objectifying of women in traditional beauty pageants such as Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, etc., there are many in the United States who feel that beauty pageants as a whole degrade and objectify women.
What are your opinions on beauty pageants in general, or more specifically, the decision to hold Miss World 2013 in a Muslim country?