These Miss Peru Contestants Just Completely Broke This Traditional Pageant Rule

And it was so badass. 👏👏👏

Forget everything you've ever thought about beauty pageants, because the 2018 Miss Peru contestants just completely changed the game. Instead of listing their body measurements on Monday as tradition (bust, waist, hips)—I know, it's real though—the pageant members broke the rules and highlighted a shocking number of statistics on women's rights including sexual harassment and violence.

Twenty-eight different candidates stepped forward in the competition with statements such as, "My name is Luciana Fernández and I represent the city of Huánuco, and my measurements are: 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country."

Miss Peru 2018 winner Romina Lozano also said, “I represent the constitutional province of Callaomy and my measurements are: 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.”

Major props to all these badass women. 👏👏👏


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