In a move straight out of the Lady Gaga playbook, contestants in a Brazilian beauty pageant donned bikinis made from beef to protest sexual harassment.
Women Aren’t Just Pieces of Meat
The Miss Bumbum Brazil pageant, now in its 7th year, is known for it’s beautiful women wearing next to nothing. However, it’s also served as a platform for womens’ rights. This year, 5 of the contestants opted to pose in “beef-kinis” similar to the all-meat dress worn by Lady Gaga in the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
In total, 110 pounds of beef were used in the photo shoot which lasted 8 hours. Room temperature beef at 8 hours? Yum…
Objectifying Women While Protesting Objectification?
I guess depending on your perspective, it might seem odd that a pageant focused on judging women by who has the best butt is also attempting to call out awareness of sexual assault.
I’m all for empowering women. In a world where men control pretty much everything, our bodies are sometimes the only thing that allows us to turn the tables and exercise control over men. To be honest though, my guess is that the promoters like the attention and publicity that such a stunt generates. It makes more money for them.