Miss Peru contestants used the beauty competition to highlight the violence of women in their country.
On Sunday, during the beauty event of the competition, the contestants utilised their platform to raise awareness.
Instead of giving out their body measurements (bust-waist-hip) while introducing themselves, the women, who all represent a different area of the South American country, each gave a fact concerning femicide and female violence in their country.
Karla Zabludovsky, BuzzFeed‘s Latin America correspondent, translated the statements, with some examples below:
“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.”
“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.”
In the background, newspaper clippings of abused Peruvian women were displayed as the contestants spoke, including the bruised face of Lady Guile.
Ronny Garcia was accused of kidnapping Guile in 2012, though he was released around the same time as Poso this summer, making her beaten face a rallying cry of social justice.
The final segment of the competition asked the women what laws they would alter to combat these gender violences.
Miss Peru 2018 organiser Jessica Newton told Buzzfeed News, “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 said. “If I walk out in a bathing suit I am just as decent as a woman who walks out in an evening dress.”