Miss Universe Hopefuls in Peru Cite Violence Against Women Stats Instead of Body Measurements

During this year’s Miss Universe qualifying round in Peru, more than 20 women hoping to be Peru’s representative for Miss Universe in Las Vegas recited statistics about trafficking, victimization and harassment of women in the country of Peru.

Traditionally, the contestants are required to give their physical measurements during the pageant, however, this year the contestants decided to bring awareness to a problem that lies not only in their home country but across the world as well.

“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.”

The organizers of the pageant flashed newspaper clippings of coinciding stories about violence against women during the swimwear portion of the competition.

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