From thong to sarong

06.06.133:00 PM ET

Bikinis Banned from Miss World Pageant

Contestants will wear sarongs instead at 2013 competition in conservative Indonesia.

Indonesia will host the Miss World pageant later this year on its resort island of Bali, and controversy is already swirling around the competition after organizers announced they will axe the famous bikini portion of the pageant. Indonesia is the world’s largest Islamic country, and pressure from several conservative Muslim groups forced the London-based Miss World Organization to substitute Bali’s traditional beach sarongs for the traditional skimpy two-pieces. The organization says it agreed to the request out of respect for the country’s customs and values.