This decision was also made because of the sexist comments made against contestants, as well as body-shaming remarks if a woman doesn’t have a “traditional” skinny frame. So it’s not at all bad. Now we’re wondering if the Philippines will remove the swimsuit portion in the future, too. There’s still no news about it but we think it’s time that they consider it.
Think about it: Filipinos are OBSESSED with pageants and many can be harsh when it comes to the women’s appearances, especially when they don’t fit society’s definition of “perfect.” In the past, some Filipina beauty queens received comments about their bodies. Former Binibining Pilipinas 2018 contestant Rosantonette Mendoza shared on Facebook that before she was fat-shamed when she joined a provincial pageant in 2013. She later slimmed down by working out to be a Miss Philippines hopeful.
It’s always about the outward appearance. It’s also sexist because it’s objectifying women and measuring their worth by their looks. When in reality, as Gretchen Carlson pointed out, pageants should focus on what the contestants can do for their chosen causes. “It’s going to be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives,” she said.
What do you think? Should Binibining Pilipinas change their rules for the upcoming pageants?