Title: Miss Universe Indonesia Beauty Pageant Embroiled in Controversy as Competitors Allege Sexual Harassment
In a shocking turn of events, more than half a dozen women participating in the Miss Universe Indonesia beauty pageant have reported organizers to the police over allegations of sexual harassment. The contestants claim that they were subjected to a humiliating “body check” just two days before the pageant’s crowning ceremony.
The licensing holder of Miss Universe in Indonesia, PT Capella Swastika Karya, attempted to justify the procedure by stating that the contestants needed to be examined for scars, cellulite, and tattoos. However, these justifications were not communicated to the finalists beforehand, as the procedure was initially planned to be a mere fitting.
Out of the 30 finalists, all were unexpectedly subjected to the body check, and shockingly, five of them had their pictures taken while topless. These women allege that they were asked to strip down to their underwear in a room filled with more than 20 people, including men. The incident left the contestants feeling violated and humiliated.
In response to this alarming situation, additional finalists have given their authority to report similar incidents, suggesting that more contestants may come forward with complaints. The Jakarta police have received a formal police report and have initiated an investigation into the allegations.
Meanwhile, the Miss Universe Organization released a statement acknowledging their awareness of the allegations and their commitment to investigating the matter. However, the Miss Universe Indonesia Instagram account has posted statements addressing various matters without directly addressing the allegations of sexual harassment.
The incident has tarnished the reputation of the prestigious Miss Universe Indonesia pageant, which was held in Jakarta to select the country’s representative for the annual Miss Universe competition. Despite the controversy, Fabiënne Nicole Groeneveld was awarded the national title in the competition.
As the investigation unfolds, it remains to be seen how this scandal will impact the future of the Miss Universe Indonesia beauty pageant and the foundation of trust between organizers and participants. The incident serves as a reminder of the urgent need for accountability and safeguards against sexual harassment in all aspects of life, including beauty pageants.
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