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Miss World Officials Cancel Bikini Segment of Contest

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The Miss World contest will not have a bikini portion this year, after Muslims in the country it is being held in objected it.

Organizers are now going to have a "beach" segment of the contest, where contestants will wear sarongs and other cover-up material to avoid exposing the body.

Miss World is being hosted on the island of Bali this year, which is in Indonesia, a predominantly Islamic country.

The winner will be chosen from 137 participants.

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Though millions of foreign tourists flock to Bali's beaches each year wearing skimpy bikinis, they have now put their foot down on hosting an event where women flaunt their bodies.

More than 200 million Muslims live in Indonesia, and the top Islamic body, Indonesian Ulema Council, called for the pageant to be canceled.

Instead of canceling it, however, the event will remove the bikini segment.

Julia Morley, chair of the Miss World Organization, said they have decided to remove it out of "respect" to the hosts and other participating countries.

"I don't want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful," she said. "We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant."

It comes after controversies spread over the country about Western singers performing with skimpy outfits.

Lady Gaga's concert in the country was canceled last year after radical Islamists threatened to burn her venue down over her outfits.

Sources: Daily Mail, NY Daily News