Isabel Lestapier Winqvist, 20, has dropped out of the Miss Universe competition because Swedes say the Miss Universe competition is degrading to women and weighed down by scandals.
The Local Sweden News in English reported today that the Miss Sweden candidate for Miss Universe has withdrawn from the contest:
Sweden will not send a candidate to the Miss Universe contest in Mexico, it has been announced. Organizers of Miss Sweden say the international competition is too old fashioned.
“The modernization of the international competition has been significantly slower than the Swedish contest, although we see signs of change on horizon. Until the parent organization catches up we have chosen not to participate this year,” organizer Panos Papadopoulos said in a statement on Wednesday.
The decision follows revelations that the current Miss Sweden, Isabel Lestapier Winqvist, (Photo via Access Atlanta) posed in a swimsuit for the Swedish edition of men’s magazine FHM. Papadopoulous told The Local earlier this week that the pictures were out of line with the contest’s new modern image, adding he was considering removing her crown.
Wednesday’s statement did not link the decision to withdraw to Winqvist’s poses in FHM, but blamed the decision on criticism in Sweden “that we are sending candidates of this calibre to Miss Universe.”
The new, feminist Miss Sweden contest has no swimwear section. The focus has shifted to attracting “intelligent and well-educated candidates,” who are expected to be representatives of and role models for the youth of Sweden.