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Should Miss Indonesia compete in swimsuit? JAKARTA - Miss Indonesia has glossy black hair and a law degree, smiles constantly and talks about helping children. In many ways, she is the ideal Miss Universe contestant. But Artika Sari Devi faces one major obstacle in competing in the Miss Universe pageant May 30 - wearing a swimsuit. To Islamic clerics and many others, an Indonesian Muslim woman showing bare skin would be a public slap against Islam and a national embarrassment.

"No way," exclaimed Monik, a 9-year-old girl who like many Indonesians uses only one name. "It's porno. You can't have that in Islam." The debate may seem frivolous - especially in Indonesia, with its rampant prostitution and, in certain quarters, an anything-goes attitude. But the controversy over whether Miss Indonesia should wear a swimsuit shows the growing pains of the world's most populous Muslim country since the fall of a dictator in 1998.

For Artika, her family and the women who have pushed for years to send an official Indonesian contestant to Miss Universe, this issue represents women's empowerment and a chance to increase tourism in the country. They point to countries such as Egypt and Turkey, which send contestants to Miss Universe without problems. "Many Muslim countries have joined the pageant," said Artika, 25. "My family doesn't even think it's a problem."

This is hardly the first time a beauty contest has run up against conservative Muslims, who believe women always should dress modestly. Most international pageants require women to wear a swimsuit, either a one-piece or a bikini.

The Miss Bangladesh contest was canceled in 1998 after Islamic group protested. The prospect of a Miss World pageant in Nigeria led to riots sparked by Muslims that killed at least 215 people in 2002. An Afghan-American woman who wore a red bikini in the Miss Earth contest in 2003 was threatened with criminal prosecution if she ever returned to her homeland.

Since the fall of military dictator Suharto, who frowned on many expressions of Islam, many people have turned to Islam personally and politically. More women wear modest clothing and cover their hair. More men attend Friday prayers. Fringe groups have waged violence in the name of Islam.

The new freedoms also have led to something else. Magazines picture scantily clad women, something not seen under the Suharto regime. Nightclubs feature dancers in bikinis and prostitutes in backrooms. Best-selling books describe tales of bizarre sex in Indonesia. Transvestites - called "lady-boys" here - perform drag shows and select their own Miss Indonesia.

The contradictions are everywhere. Government censors still try to ban movies and books objectionable to Islam - the 2004 Indonesian movie "Kiss Me Quick" was banned after a popular Islamic cleric objected to the title, although the movie featured only one chaste kiss.

But somehow a movie called "Virgin" made its way into theaters in November. In that movie, three girls struggle with teenage life in Jakarta. One takes pictures of the girls' breasts with her cell phone camera. Another sells her virginity so she can buy a cell phone and clothes. All this, in the first 10 minutes of the movie. By the end, a moral of sorts becomes obvious: The remaining virgin has the only happy life.

Compared with that face of Indonesia, a beauty queen wearing a swimsuit might not merit much attention. The public ire of the clerics has focused on Artika - not the sex books, not the prostitutes, not the lady-boys - in large part because she is a woman on an international stage.

"There's nothing wrong with her wearing a swimsuit in her room or relaxing in private," said Fauzan Al-Anshary, the Jakarta head of the Indonesian Mujahedeen Council, which has protested Indonesia's participation in the international beauty pageant. "But if it's in public, that will give rise to bad things or crimes."

The Miss Indonesia Foundation has tried to win over public opinion before the Miss Universe pageant. In the next two weeks, Artika will decide whether she will compete in the international contest in Thailand. "We are very optimistic, but we have to be very careful," said Wardiman Djojonegoro, foundation chairman. "This is why we'll decide at the last minute."



Posted in General @ 08 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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