|Megan Young in her topless photo|
Part of a 2012 bikini segment for Rogue Magazine, the publication that considers itself as higher class is branded as a Philippians’ only literary luxury magazine had featured Miss Young amongst what is described as culture, fashion and interiors.
Advocates for Miss Young have shown concern over the recent attempt at aiming scandal at the beauty queen, stating that a smear campaign is in place to remove her crown and title as Miss World 2013. The Philippines pageant does have strict rules and regulations that may implicate Miss Young and force her to lose her title.
2011 pageant contestants Grendel Alvardo and Jenilyn Olivar were previously disqualified due to nude photography in which both members were posing in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer as part of a campaign and not for explicit purposes.
“’Rules are rules when it comes to the Miss World beauty contest it seems that contestants’ taking their clothes off is a clear breach of the laws,’ a user wrote to IBTimes UK requesting to anonymous as a condition of publication of their comment.
A beach category was previously planned for the pageant in which the participants would wear bikinis but it was later removed as a result of what was perceived as ultra-conservative beliefs within the country which would have controversy for the event.
Threats had also been made by the Islamic Defenders Front against the contest, however police confirmed that no rallies had taken place on Saturday and these threats had not been acted on.
Chairwoman of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley, said at the time: “Indonesia is designing for us a very beautiful one-piece beachwear, and I’m very happy with them … I don’t think Indonesia is the only country that has (a conservative) culture … But we like to work in the manner respectful to every country, and I cannot see why when you go to somebody’s country you should not behave respectfully.”
2012 winner Wenxia Yu of China, was born in the United States, now handing over the title to Miss Young.