The organiser of the annual 'Miss Sweden' beauty pageant has been forced to cancel this year's contest following "harassment from feminist groups". The decision means that Sweden will not be sending a delegate to the global 'Miss Universe' event - for the first time since it was inaugurated in 1952. (TheLocal.se, 04/22/05.)
From a press release (Sweden without Miss Universe Contestant for the First Time Ever) by Panos Emporio AB:
When the Scandinavian swimwear company Panos Emporio last year purchased the rights to the Miss Sweden pageant from TV3, the intentions were to bring the contest back to its original high status. Harassment from feminist organizations has however forced the company to put the competition on hold. This has led to the fact that in 2005 Sweden will not send a contestant to the Miss Universe pageant for the first time ever. (PRWeb.com, 04/14/05.)
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Related: My post, SHARIAH LAW IN AFGHANISTAN AGAINST BEAUTY PAGEANT.