Stunning Miss Northern Ireland Meagan Green will be forced to cover up her amazing figure at this year’s Miss World after organisers slapped a bikini ban on the contest.
The skimpy swimwear will be replaced by traditional long Indonesian sarongs for the Miss World 2013 competition which takes place in September in the southeast Asian country.
Organisers are thought to have made the decision as a mark of respect to Indonesia’s modest Muslim faith — but the news will come as a disappointment to fans of the globe’s leading beauty contest who will now miss out on seeing the world’s hottest bikini babes strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Lisburn stunner Meagan, who took part in a bikini round to help her to Miss NI victory last month, said she fully backed the swimwear ban.
“I am really looking forward to heading off to Miss World this year in Indonesia and I fully support the Miss World organisers’ decision to wear long sarongs this year out of respect for the country’s faith and beliefs,” she said.
“As a model I wear everything from swimwear, evening wear, sports to wedding wear, so I am well used to meeting the requirements expected of me from clients.
“I am just so excited to meet all the other glamourous contestants for what I know is going to be a once in a lifetime experience.”
But outgoing Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire said she was surprised by the bikini ban.
The Belfast beauty, who wowed the Miss World judges with her bikini body last year in China, said: “I think girls who have worked very hard at the gym may be disappointed they can’t show off their hard work.”
But Rebecca did admit the bikini section of the pageant puts a lot of pressure on contestants.
“I am in two minds on it because it is quite a daunting experience when you stand in front of all the judges from Miss World in your bikini and having a bikini round may put extra stress on girls,” she said.
However, gorgeous Rebecca said she still believed a swimwear round is an essential part of the contest.
“It’s Miss World and it’s a competition and I think it’s important to have the whole package and I think having a healthy body is part of that,” she said.
The Miss World 2013 competition is being hosted in the resort island of Bali and the Indonesian capital Jakarta in September.