April 04, 2007
SWIMSUIT judging may generate the most controversy for the Miss World competition, but in Australia it is probably the section where contestants will soon feel most at home.Miss World Australia has signed a deal to promote the competition through the nation's surf lifesaving clubs, allowing surf lifesavers to contest the Miss (and Mr) World competitions while at the same time raising money for their clubs.
Contestant and professional surfer Laura Andon said the competition was moving to ensure its image was all health and inclusiveness.
"Beauty means a healthy body image on the inside as well as out," she said. "The Miss World Australia finalists (aged 18-24) come from different ethnic cultures and religions, are ... of different shapes and sizes and speak a multitude of languages."
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