Miss Universe Topless Photos Lead Pageant Controversy

By: Mary Smith
Staff Writer
Published: Aug 13, 2021

Miss Universe topless photos have surfaced. The Miss Universe Organization is in the midst of a new controversy led by topless photos. Topless photos of several Miss Universe contestants have surfaced.

Critics of the pageant wonder if perhaps this year's official photos have gone too far. The contestants trying for the crown were photographed wearing little more than bathing suits and body paint, many of them topless. 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," Organization vice president of public relations Lark-Marie Anton said in a statement. 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."

Not everyone agrees. "By bringing nudity into the equation, it no longer becomes a package of 'beauty and brains'," said Angie Meyer, a publicist and event planner who has worked with Miss USA contestants in the past. "Rather, this focuses it on body image. What kind of message are we sending to young girls?"