The organisers of a beauty pageant have defended their choice to parade contestants sporting skimpy swimsuits paired with full-face veils.
The organisers of the Miss Philippines Earth pageant say the weird pairing was supposed to “place emphasis on the figure and form of the candidate, which was the criteria of focus for that specific portion” and to “introduce the girls with dramatic flair”.
However, many have taken exception to the choice. Writing on rappler.com, Voltaire E. Tayag, stated he was disturbed by it.
“The black veil was totally inappropriate and sends the wrong message about women,” he wrote. “The pageant justified their gimmick by alluding to the truth that solely ‘figure and form’ was being judged.
“Unfortunately, this gimmick objectified women by emphasising to the viewing public to simply look at the body of the candidate.”
Carousel Productions, the corporate behind the pageant, has defended its choice. Writing on its Facebook web page, the organisers stated: “We actually don’t imagine that the girls have been objectified or that they felt objectified.
“Remember we’re working with millennials. They communicate their thoughts and can no means enable themselves to be placed on the adverse aspect.
“If you paid attention to the entire show and listened to the ladies promoting their fitness and health regimen, which is part of our environmental campaign, then maybe you would have seen it in a different way. Most often than not when you get out of the norm, there would always be questions and negativity. This is expected.”