Sexy sashays out, deadly data in, for Peru's Miss Universe pageant

by Sebastien Malo | @SebastienMalo | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:24 GMT

In this file photo, Miss France Iris Mittenaere (C) and other finalists Miss Haiti Jacque Pellisier (R) and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar pose shortly before Mittenaere wins the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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The winner, 20-year-old Romina Lozano, described her vital statistics as "3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014"

NEW YORK, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forget bust measurements, sashaying down the catwalk and earnest dreams of working with children. The latest trend for beauty queens in Peru is reciting statistics on violence against women.

More than 20 women hoping to represent Peru in November's 66th Miss Universe Competition in Las Vegas recited facts about trafficking, femicide and harassment to impress the judges.

The winner, 20-year-old Romina Lozano, described her vital statistics as "3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014" on the most watched show in Peru that was broadcast on Sunday.

The organisers also projected newspaper clippings of stories about violence against women as the contestants posed in bikinis at a theater in the capital city, Lima.

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