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Last Saturday on the resort island of Bali, 23-year-old Megan Young claimed victory for the Philippines and was crowned Miss World 2013. Promising to be the “best Miss World ever,” the model and actress shed tears of joy as the audience cheered, applauded and waved paper flags — a stark contrast to the angry and threatening atmosphere felt in Jakarta during the weeks prior to the contest.

The 63rd annual Miss World event was originally due to be held in the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, but was relocated to Bali as a result of weeks of protests from groups such as the Islamic Defenders Front and fears of terrorist attacks. Protestors carrying signs and placards reading such things as “Miss World Go To Hell” and “Miss World is a whore contest” had become a common sight, and many were concerned that the crowds would become violent.

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In an effort to placate demonstrators, the Miss World committee removed the bikini round from the contest and replaced it with a much tamer “beach wear” event, in which the contestants instead wore sarongs that partly covered their legs. The move was met with indifference by Muslim groups, however, who believe that women should not put any part of their body other than their hands and face on display.

▼ Covered, but not covered enough for some.

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Fearing attacks from radical groups, both British and American embassies warned against travel in the area while the contest was taking place, and hundreds of police were deployed on the day of the final. Thankfully, though, there were no reports of violence, and people’s focus soon returned to the contestants themselves.

First prize winner Megan Young’s family moved to the Philippines when she was just 10 years old. Here she is receiving her crown as Miss Philippines, and of course Miss World 2013, during the closing ceremonies.

We don’t know about you guys, but that’s the least erotic “porno” we think we’ve ever seen.

Source/images: Naver Matome
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