This year, two different beauty contest committees in Indonesia have selected two women to compete in two international beauty contests i.e. Miss Universe and Miss World.
Last Friday, Qori Sandioriva (18), Puteri Aceh 2009, won the title Puteri Indonesia 2009. Puteri means Princess in English, but the contest committee prefered to use the title Miss Indonesia when she compete at Miss Universe 2010 contest next year.
Qori was protested by the Aceh Muslim Ulama who said that Qori cannot represent Aceh where women are obligated to wear hijab (head scarf), whereas Qori did not wear hijab at the contest. They also said that no contest has ever been carried out in Aceh to choose Qori as Miss Aceh 2009.
Four months earlier, another organizing committee selected Karenina Sunny Halim (22) as Miss Indonesia 2009. According to the jury, she was chosen because she speaks fluent English, highly intelligent and beautiful.
Unfortunately it was revealed that the jury was mesmerized by Karenina's fluency in English that they failed to check her ability to speak Indonesian. The contest committee explained that they give priority to English speaking ability, because they want the winner to win at the Miss World contest.
For detailed media reports on the above, please click here and here.
It would be very interesting to know about further news on the two "Miss Indonesia".