The Miss Universe pageant is weeks away, but before any of the contenders can spark headlines with their answers to politically tinged questions, a new racy photo shoot for the pageant – featuring some of the contestants topless, covered only in body paint – is raising eyebrows.
Among the racy ladies who participated in the fleshy photo shoot was a topless Rima Fakih, Miss USA herself. The organization is standing by the pictures, which were shot in Las Vegas. “I firmly believe, as a woman and as a mom, that you can be the full package,” said organization vice president of public relations Lark-Marie Anton.
She pointed out that the contestants are women with careers too, some as doctors or lawyers. “I strongly feel that these girls are the full package,” she said. “I believe you can be sexy and smart and edgy, and I don’t think those things are mutually exclusive.”