THE new Miss Morecambe and Lancaster has hit back at protesters who gave a thumbs down to the annual beauty competition.
Emily Law, a 19-year-old student, won the contest at The Grand Theatre while more than a dozen people picketed outside branding the contest “a relic of a bygone age”.
“I think these women have got the wrong idea about the competition,” said Emily, a sports and exercise student at the University of Cumbria.
“We entered for a bit of fun and to meet new people and we felt really good about ourselves. It’s a bit ridiculous.”
Lancaster City Councillor Ceri Mumford, one of the protesters, said: “It’s a shame that these events continue to be staged at a time when women have never faced so much pressure to fit into a limited and increasingly fake version of ‘beauty’.
“Many young girls are showing extreme preoccupation and dissatisfaction with their appearance and the message that we are only valued for our looks and desirability really needs to be challenged.”
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