From Iceland — MP To Compete In A Beauty Contest

MP To Compete In A Beauty Contest

Published June 14, 2013

An MP has signed up for the Miss Iceland beauty pageant, to protest that the contest is being revived.

Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, MP for the Social Democratic Alliance, states on her Facebook page this morning that she has signed up and urges other women to do the same, RÚV reports. She says that she’s protesting that in the year 2013, a contest where women are judged by their looks, is being revived.

News broke yesterday that the Miss Iceland contest, which was last held in 2011, would be held in September. However, contestants would not have to look according to some strict standards, there would be no age limits and any woman could sign up for the contest.

So far, one hundred women have signed up online, amongst them some well-known Icelandic feminists such as Sigríður Ingibjörg; Guðrún Jónsdóttir, spokeswoman for Stígamót (shelter for rape victims) and activist Hildur Lilliendahl.

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