- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 6, 2013

Organizers of the annual Miss World beauty competition decided to ban bikinis in order to avoid offending Muslim-majority Indonesia, Raw Story reported Wednesday.

The contestants will have to swap bikinis for more conservative attire, such as traditional sarongs, for the beach fashion section, Raw Story reports.

“I don’t want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful,” Miss World Organisation chairwoman Julia Morley told the AFP. “We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant.”

The upcoming pageant, to be held in September on the resort island of Bali, has sparked controversy with the country’s top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, Raw Story reports.

Council cleric Muhyidin Djunaedi accused the event of “promoting hedonism, materialism and consumerism,” Raw Story reports.

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