The Sun newspaper reported:

The pageant is taking place in the Far East country for the first time and organisers are wary of upsetting Muslim fanatics.


But the pageant's chairwoman Julia Morley said: "I do not want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful.

"We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant," she said.

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Yes, bikinis are banned from the 2013 Miss World contest.

Reference: The New York Times

[T]he billionaire organizer of the Miss World pageant declared Thursday that there would be no bikinis this year.

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    If these were all different sources, this would be good confirmation, but several - possibly all? - of these reports have been produced from the same Associate Press source, so they are merely repeats of the claim, not independent confirmations.
    – Oddthinking
    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:28
  • See also skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/10739/… for an example of an Islam-related false claim going viral and being repeated in several sources.
    – Golden Cuy
    Jun 7, 2013 at 4:40
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    It's not that I doubt their accuracy. On the balance of probability, I would say they are likely correct. But this isn't a definitive answer. If the OP doesn't trust newspaper reports, this doesn't raise the quality of the evidence. (I can't edit away the duplicates because, for all I know, they are all duplicates of the same initial AP report.)
    – Oddthinking
    Jun 7, 2013 at 5:04
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    Okay, I included a story from the New York Times instead, that is not based on the AP report, and quotes the project director from the organizer of the competition.
    – user5582
    Jun 7, 2013 at 6:33
  • @Oddthinking if OP doesn't trust the Sun, I can't blame him. If the Sun's piece is confirmed by several other sources, independent from each other, it becomes a lot more plausible. I seriously doubt you're going to find a peer reviewed scientific study on this topic... And even those are often enough highly questionable.
    – jwenting
    Jun 7, 2013 at 9:53

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