As per hearsay/rumors on the internet, Miss Universe 2017 may not have the swimsuit competition in finals! Instead, there will be a pre-taped swimsuit segment by hotel pool, where the girls will explain the importance of fitness in their lives. This is not confirmed yet since it hasn’t been heard from the horse’s mouth. However, if this is true, Miss Universe will join Miss World in giving up swimsuit round from the finals.
In a way it is a wonderful news. The concept of having women roam on the stage in swimsuits has been abhored by many since years. There is nothing wrong with women in swimsuits. But then they are to be wore at the beach. Having ladies wear them on the stage objectifies them. Miss World 2014 Julia Morley first moved the swimsuit round from being an on-stage competition during finals to a separate round which was usually conducted on beach. Then in 2014 she totally scrapped the round calling it sexist and unnecessary. Since Donald Trump dissociated himself from Miss Universe, the contest has been trying to change it’s image and appear feminist. This move of scrapping swimsuits will not be not a surprise at all. We do hope that if this is true, at least 15-20 women get chance to make it to the semifinals instead of just 13 and the evening gown round is done more elaborately with greater airtime for each girl.
There are many who will not like the news. Miss Universe pageant in particularly has been loved for the swimsuit competition. Watching gorgeous, fit women walk on stage in swimsuits and high heels on peppy music has been a key attraction in the finals. Many women who have been in the pageant have expressed their comfort with the round saying that it allowed them to show their fitness and was carried with a lot of professionalism and grace.
Overall we have a neutral stand to this move by Miss Universe (if it really happens). Let us see how they conduct the show and then decide!
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