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Miss Peru Shocked Netizens By Sharing Gender Violence Stats Instead Of Bust Size
By Izza Sofia, 08 Nov 2017
Contestants in the annual Miss Peru beauty pageant have made headlines after responding to questions about their "measurements" with gender violence statistics.
Viewers of the Miss Peru pageant on Sunday were startled when the 23 contestants strutted onstage in sequined gold minidresses and introduced themselves in a different way. Camila Canicoba was the first woman to take to the stage. "My measurements are 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country," she said.
She was followed by fellow Lima resident Karen Cueto, who gave her statistics as “82 femicides and 156 attempted femicides so far this year.”
The pageant’s eventual winner, Romina Lozano from Callaomy, said her measurements were “3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.”
The staged “protest,” which was approved by the pageant’s organisers, went viral.
“We definitely had wanted a different Miss Peru,” explained Luciana Olivares, content and strategy manager of Frecuencia Latina, the TV network that broadcast the competition, where the Peruvian representative to Miss Universe is chosen.
“But it was only during the last weeks where it became obvious that we needed a cry against violence on women.”
[via Konbini, opening image via Twitter]
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