‘Fair and lovely’: Miss India judges criticised over ‘cloned’ finalists

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Judges of the Miss India beauty pageant have been criticised after a widely shared collage of the finalists revealed 30 very similar-looking women.

A tweet from a New Delhi-based user was ‘liked’ more than a thousand times after she shared a picture of the collage – originally printed in The Times of India newspaper – pointing out that all the contestants had “the same hair, and the same skin colour”.Sponsored link

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She added: “I’m going to hazard a guess that their heights and vital stats will also be similar. So much for India being a diverse country.”View image on Twitter

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Miss India contestants. They all have the same hair, and the SAME SKIN COLOUR, and I’m going to hazard a guess that their heights and vital stats will also be similar. So much for India being a ‘diverse’ country.1,3238:30 AM – May 27, 2019720 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

The competition has sparked scores of other angry reactions from social media users describing the contestants as “clones” and “fair and lovely”, and accusing pageant organisers of perpetuating “eurocentric beauty standards”, rather than celebrating India’s diversity.

“They’re all fair toned women of colour, look almost the same and represent the idea of ‘ideal beauty’ in our country,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Same beauty filter has been used on everyone leaving no scope for diversity and inclusiveness,” said another.

One user tweeted: “They’re so pale! Come on India, you’re more diverse than this!”

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