Should Binibining Pilipinas Be Less Stern Regarding Racy Photoshoots?

Is it Right to Judge the Book by it’s Cover?

Binibining Pilipinas saw a series of beauty, wit and talent in its 53rd edition of the pageant, but the pageant voyage of Bb. Pilipinas 2016 was not as smooth as it seems to be. While the competition level of Bb. Pilipinas 2016 augmented as the days passed by, the sadness of few pageant aficionados surpassed the level of poignancy.

Bb. Pilipinas 2016 biggest mishap came through Kim Ross’s disqualification. Kim Ross was considered the huge front runner of the pageant, and her disqualification made the entire Philippines heartrending, as the nation was hoping for a back to back win at Miss Universe through Kim Ross Delos Santos. The grief and fury of the Philippines pageant enthusiasts was such that many fans started questioning the authority ruling the Binibining Pilipinas pageant, stating that the picture which was considered to be steamy was not as provocative as portrayed by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI).

Furthermore, the fact that Kim Ross Delos Santos was dressed in a two piece dress and it was the male model who was nude, makes Kim Ross’s disqualification a bit deplorable. The disqualification was also questioned by her mentor, Jonas Antonio Gaffud, who gifted Philippines with one Miss World and one Miss Universe crown along with four consecutive Top 5 placements at Miss Universe. Jonas Gaffud, who is the Head of pageant training camp, Aces & Queens, was deeply dismayed by the news of disqualification calling it unjust and debatably comparing it to pornography.

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Jonas Gaffud expressed on his official social media handle, “While I am happy that Grace Poe is qualified to run, I am very disappointed with the lawyers of BPCI for disqualifying Kim Ross delos Santos just for posing for a sexy fashion test shoot. Last year they did not disqualify someone who posed half naked on FHM. Hello? Give justice to Kim Ross!’

The audience subsequently started trending the social media sites with hashtag “#JusticeForKimRoss”, but sadly BPCI did not retreat their decision and kept Kim Ross out of the race of Bb. Pilipinas 2016.

Thereafter few days subsequent to Kim Ross’s disqualification, Janelle Olafson was also disqualified from Binibining Pilipinas 2016 because of posing topless for a photoshoot. Later, the disqualified Janelle Olafson posted a video message on her official social media handle, expressing her dejection in tears while saying that the shoot was done for the “Breast Cancer Awareness Cause”.

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However, surprising it may seem to pageant enthusiasts outside Philippines, that Megan Young, Philippines’s first Miss World posed topless for a shoot in the Rogue Magazine prior to her participation in Miss World. Megan Young competed at Miss World 2013 with all dignity and won Top Model Round and Continental Queen of Asia title alongside bagging the most prestigious blue crown by winning the biggest philanthropic pageant in the world, Miss World.

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The Miss World Organization, which had just removed the swimsuit segment from their pageant, did not bat an eye over the scintillating Megan Young, because of a meager topless photoshoot. The organization was ever welcoming, proud and ecstatic about Megan Young’s win at Miss World and even increased her tenure at Miss World for two years. Megan Young also served as the host of the Miss World coronation night in 2014 and 2015.

Analogously, Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo from United States of America, who posed nude for the photoshoots in “Treats Magazines”, is still loved and appreciated for her magnanimous personality irrespective of the so called “racy” or “provocative” shoot.

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Hence, if the international beauty queens are not questioned over their semi-nude photoshoots, but rather welcomed and appreciated over it considering their photoshoots as a piece of art, do you think Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) should negate such photoshoots if a candidate has the merit of going to an international platform? What is your take on the entire matter? Do share your opinions on the issue!

Vagisha Mishra

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