Via The Blaze:

As TheBlaze reported last month, plans for holding the Miss World pageant this month in Indonesia have sparked protests by Islamic hardliners upset that an event featuring immodestly dressed women is being held in the predominantly Muslim country.

Now, a new rival contest has been announced featuring “pious” Muslim women covered from head to toe. The Muslimah World contest will take place this Wednesday in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital,according to organizers interviewed by AFP.

“Muslimah World is a beauty pageant, but the requirements are very different from Miss World — you have to be pious, be a positive role model and show how you balance a life of spirituality in today’s modernized world,” Muslimah World pageant founder Eka Shanti tells AFP.

According to Al Arabiya, choosing the 20 finalists from 500 applicants included “competitors reciting the Quran and sharing anecdotes of how they can to wear the headscarf, which is a requirement of the show.”

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