Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Italian state network, RAI, decided not to broadcast the Miss Italy (Miss Italia) contest this year, for the first time in 25 years. Noted Anna Maria Tarantola, President of RAI, "[The show] was not considered a programme that valued female talent...There is absolutely no need to demonise beauty...Beauty is a great thing...but it must not be the sole reason for which a woman has a chance to make a name for herself." Ms. Tarantola said the decision to forego the beauty pageant was both an economic and an ethical one.
Privately owned broadcaster La7 did show the crowning of Sicilian law student Giulia Arena, 19, as Miss Italia 2013.