Beauty Pageant Contestants Discuss Violence Against Women Instead Of Body Size

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Nov. 18 2019, Updated 2:17 p.m. ET

I always thought that beauty pageants were kind of silly, along with some of the statements made by pageant contestants.

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Now it's easy for me to sit here and blast someone for being incoherent while being put on the spot. I don't really blame miss South Carolina for her response, she's trying to make as inoffensive of a statement as possible, and trying to filter that, while thinking about sounding smart, while simultaneously making a non-opinion sound like an opinion, right when AC Slater is standing next to you is way more difficult than it looks.

I also find it pretty ridiculous that women proclaim their measurements during beauty pageants, like they're advertising themselves as a new car or something. Apparently, these Peruvian women thought the same thing, so when they took the stage during a national beauty pageant, they decided to flip the script and not announce their measurements when they took the stage.

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Instead, they revealed harrowing sex abuse statistics from their country. And it was pretty bad ass.

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They took to the stage and announced themselves like everything was normal, even saying "my measurements are..." but then they dropped the info bomb.

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Peru suffers from an epidemic of sex crimes, including human trafficking. Other gender-based crimes, like sexual violence between partners, are as high as 47% in areas like Cusco.

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In the final round of the pageant, women were asked what they could do to combat femicide in their country.

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The pageant's organizer, Jessica Newton spoke with BuzzFeed about her decision to to dedicate this year's event to raise awareness of femicide in the country.

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"Everyone who does not denounce and everyone who does not do something to stop this is an accomplice."
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Newton controversially kept the bathing suit segment in the show, but her reasoning for doing so was far from apologetic, saying that what a women wears shouldn't subject her to objectification.

"Women can walk out naked if they want to. Naked. It’s a personal decision. If I walk out in a bathing suit I am just as decent as a woman who walks out in an evening dress."
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People loved the message sent by the women at the pageant.

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Well, not everyone.

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But for the most part, people were all for it.

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