Although competition was fierce, all 23 beautiful contestants in the South American beauty pageant proved that they could come together when it really mattered. When the time to share their waist, hip and bust sizes, they instead recited facts about trafficking, femicide and harassment.
wearing matching gold sequined evening gowns, each of the contestants stepped forward to the microphone to introduce herself and disclose a horrific statistic about violence against women in Peru.
Leading the protest was Camila Canicoba of Lima who said « my measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country ». The winner, 20-year-old Romina Lozano, said her measurements were « 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014 ».
Miss Peru 2018 organizer Jessica Newton told Buzzfeed: « Everyone who does not denounce and everyone who does not do something to stop this is an accomplice ».
« Women can walk out naked if they want to. Naked. It’s a personal decision, » she added. The women are hoping to represent Peru in November’s 66th Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas.