The Beauty Pageant that turned into protest: Miss Peru 2018
On Sunday, Peru hosted the beauty pageant for Miss Peru 2018. This kinds of pageants are often know for objetify and judge women thru standard beauty patterns. But this contest for Miss Peru 2018 was marked by difference with peruvian women speaking up and making a stand about the huge amount of violence against women and girls in the entire country. The 23 contestants unexpectedly used their platform to speak about femicide in the South American country, a subervise act you might not associate with pageants.
One model said: ‘My name is Carmila Canicoba and I represent the Lima region and my measurements are 2012 cases of femicide were reported in the last nine years in my country.’ Another added: ‘My name is Luciana Fernandez and I represent the city of Guanacu. My measurements are 13,000 girls suffer from sexual harassment in our country.’ When the women introduced themselves, they were supposed to tell the crowd their measurements – a segment that invites scrutiny of their bodies. Instead, one by one, they rattled off facts about a pervasive problem in their country.’And I represent Lima. My measurements are 2,202 cases of femicides reported in the last nine years in my country.’ Another contestant followed her up by saying, ‘My name is Karen Cueto. My measurements are 82 femicides and 156 this year so far.’
In this way, when it was the turn of the parade in swimsuit, Jessica Newton, organizer of the event, gave a message in which she stressed that women are free to act and dress as they wish and that no one can feel that right of disrespect, “tag” them and much less “touch” them. Also during the parade, covers and newspaper clippings of femicides occurred in Peru.
To watch the entire protest click here.
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