By any measure, these beauty pageant contestants rock.
Women vying for the title of Miss Peru used the televised platform to fight violence against women in a series of seize-the-mic moments.
Instead of introducing themselves and reeling off their physique measurements — bust, waist, hips — as is done in this South American country, 30 women listed statistics related to female oppression and assault.
“My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country.”
Romina Lozano sports the crown as Miss Peru, but all of the contestants wear the pride that comes for taking a stand for women.
Followed by … “My name is Melina Machuca, I represent the department of Cajamarca, and my measurements are: more than 80% of women in my city suffer from violence.”
“My name is Bélgica Guerra and I represent Chincha. My measurements are: the 65% of university women who are assaulted by their partners.”
The winner of the pageant, Romina Lozano, said, “I represent the constitutional province of Callaomy and my measurements are: 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.”
It was an organized revolt and consciousness-raising. As each woman stepped up Sunday, a screen displayed newspaper clippings, including pictures of battered women’s bloody faces.
Yes, there was a Miss Congeniality winner at the pageant, but the contestants all rocked the boat when it came to pageantry as usual.
“Everyone who does not denounce and everyone who does not do something to stop this is an accomplice,” pageant organizer and former beauty queen Jessica Newton told Buzzfeed.