“I wouldn’t wear a bikini to a beach, so I’m not going to wear one in a competition to score points,” states Muna Jama. A brave Muslim pageant contestant representing Great Britain in the Miss Universe pageant, refused to wear a bikini. Instead, she replaced it with an outfit thats in harmony with her religion, the kaftan. Her religious-based political stance pushed the judging committee to excuse her from wearing a bathing suit. An act that has never been done in the history of the Miss Universe pageant. It’s almost impractical to realize that in our progressive society, a swim suit category is integral in defying a women’s capability of representing the Universe. Do we really need to sexualize women to promote their missions and provide them with a platform to voice their opinions? Even though there are issues in pageantry, especially in the realm of politics, there is still power in these competitions. Pageants are a platform in which women are able to make an impact.