- Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach appeared in the local edition of Cosmopolitan earlier this year, which was also her first for the magazine
- Cosmopolitan Malaysia has picked up the same cover, although with a minor edit, for their issue next month
- Predominantly Muslim countries, such as Malaysia and Indonesia, are known for keeping a conservative dress code for women
It is common that covers of international titles get copied off on other editions and in this case, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach's Cosmopolitan Philippines' cover got duplicated for its Malaysian counterpart.
The first cover of Wurtzbach for the magazine was on its April issue this year, donning a skimpy cropped top paired with a tight pencil skirt. The cover was photographed by celebrated local fashion photographer BJ Pascual.
Cosmopolitan Malaysia used Pascual's image for their September 2016 issue, but with a minor yet crucial change - if one could easily spot it.
Never mind the different language written on both covers and their backgrounds, but focus instead on Wurtzbach.
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In the Malaysian cover, one can see that her cleavage has been covered up completely.
Predominantly Muslim countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia are known for implementing a conservative dress code on their women, thus the modest edit.
Malaysia is infamous for banning international acts to perform in their country, like Beyonce in 2007 for her provocative costumes and for constantly running and jumping on stage. Rihanna was also about to drop her concert in Malaysia in 2009 but pushed through wearing clothes that comply with the country's culture.
Conservative groups petition for these artists and bands not to perform not only due to their outfits but also for their image and song content among other criteria.
In Indonesia, it has been known that their beauty queen contestants wear one-piece swimsuits with sarongs on top. However, this will not be the case anymore for these traditional countries as the swimsuit category has been omitted in Miss World. Other international beauty contests has yet to drop the segment, but this is already good news for old-fashioned nations.
It is astounding to know that the world has different perceptions of beauty due to every country's unique culture. Despite the fact that Filipinos are predominantly Catholics, showing off a woman's cleavage is alright with them. However, for most Muslim countries, it is strictly implemented that these women cover up as much as they could.
(photo credit: reuters.com)
What can you say about the difference in each cover? Do you think one is better than the other? Let us know what you think!-Kami Media