Among others that have signed up for the competition are Guðrún Jónsdóttir spokesperson for Stígamót (organization that fights sexual abuse against women) and Hildur Lillendahl, a renowned feminist in Iceand.
Miss Iceland Reconstructed
It was revealed yesterday that the Miss Iceland competition will be reconstructed and held this year in September. The competition had been criticized and was not held last year.
Rafn Rafnsson, CEO of the competition mentions that they will now seek more diversity than before. There is no 'Miss Iceland stereotype'. Miss Iceland doesn't have to be blond, blue eyed and 1.73 meters. She can be of African or Asian origin. "The panel of judges seeks a woman with good personality, beautiful look and charm".
Responsibility to revive the competition
Many have complained on facebook and elsewhere that the competition is being revived. Parliamentarian Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir says that her sign-up is to protest the competition and the fact that men do, in 2013, want to revive a competition which purpose is do make women compete in looks.
"Woman are carving careers all over society and us feminists are fighting against the reification of women. We live in a society where we constantly receive messages about how we should look", says the MP and encourages as many women as possible, of all ages, to sign up for the competition.
Iceland has done very well in International Beauty Contest
Two years ago, Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir was elected Miss Iceland. Guðlaug Dagmar Jónasdóttir was second and Sigríður Dagbjört Ásgeirsdóttir was third.
Icelanders have done well in contests internationally and four times been number one. In 1963 Guðrún Bjarnadóttir won the Miss International Competition. Three women have won the Miss World competition, Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir in 1985, Linda Pétursdóttir in 1987 and Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir in 2005.
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