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Replacing Bikinis — A New Idea from Indonesia Helps Women Around the World

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\"girl-439435_1280\"\”Indonesia is designing for us a very beautiful one-piece beachwear, and I\’m very happy with them… We like to work in the manner respectful to every country, and I cannot see why when you go to somebody\’s country you should not behave respectfully.\”

–Julia Morley, chairwoman of the Miss World Organization

Julia Morley just helped women all over the world – at a beauty contest in Indonesia. She literally took out the parade of bikinis, a section which rates women on their beauty, bodies and presentation.  Instead, there will be respectful beachwear in the 2013 Miss World pageant in Jakarta.

Let\’s continue this trend.  Can we celebrate women\’s beauty from the inside?

The true beauty of a woman is joy, enthusiasm, strength, quietude, graciousness.  It includes her ability to bring a community together, whether it be a country or her own family.  It reflects her tender care, or her forthrightness gogetterism.  A woman is as soft as a flower\’s petal or the gentle, warm light of the dawning sun. She is also a pillar, unmovable and trustworthy.

Women\’s Beauty is Real. If I were to launch a contest, I\’d like it to be the \”The Most Beautiful Inside\” Woman of The World.\” Except it\’s not a competition.  We all have it, so everyone gets to participate.  We celebrate each other.


Julia Morley is the current Chairman and Chief Executive of the Miss World Organization, which runs the annual Miss World competition.  She is also the first British woman to hold the title of President of Variety International, The Children’s Charity, the world’s most famous show-business charity. Born 1939, she was a model and later became the wife of Miss World founder Eric Morley, who first held the competition in 1951. She and Eric were married from 1960 until his passing in 2000, where she became Chairman.

In 1972, Julia introduced the theme “Beauty With a Purpose,” which raises hundreds of millions of dollars in supporting sick and disadvantaged children and many causes in over 100 countries.  During the opening of the Miss World Festival in 2009 she launched the Variety International Children’s Fund with a charity dinner and raised over $400,000 for nutritional, educational and medical projects in Haiti. Since the Variety’s debut it has collaborated with the Miss World Organization in supporting children throughout America.  In 2010, she was honored with the Humanitarian Award by Variety of Ireland.

(Quote source: Bikini ban for 2013 Miss World pageant may not be enough for some Muslim groups and Bio sources: Wikipedia: Julia Morley, The Telegraph – Obituary: Eric Morley,Message from Julia Morley at Beauty With a Purpose, and History of Beauty With a Purpose)