Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Miss Italia organizer invites House Speaker to show

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Rome, August 7 - The organizer of Italy's Miss
Italia beauty pageant wrote to the Italian House Speaker Laura
Boldrini on Wednesday, asking her "woman to woman" to attend the
competition finals August 11.
"I invite you to join us on the square together with Miss
Italy and the audience," Patrizia Mirigliani wrote.
Boldrini sparked controversy in July when she praised
State-television RAI's decision to not air Miss Italia.
"It is a modern and civilized choice and an acknowledgment
of media's important influence on how women are perceived,"
Boldrini said.
"Only 2% (of women) in TV express opinions, speak. The rest
are mute, sometimes undressed," Boldrini said at a Milan
conference in July on image, power and the condition of women,
which was also attended by the powerful CGIL union leader
Susanna Camusso.
"Italian girls should be able to go on television without
parading with a number. They have other talents," Boldrini said
in a discourse that disparaged Italian media's consistent
recourse to old gender stereotypes.
Mirigliani said that "those few words spoken
by a representative of the government, with its official
function as a guarantor of plurality and freedom, are a
disparagement of the Miss Italy contest".
The event organizer also said that the House speaker's
comments had dealt an economic blow to the industry.
"My company and a group of Italian companies that employ,
on the whole, hundreds and hundreds of people, have been
seriously hurt in a moment that is already undergoing economic
crisis," she said.
If Boldrini attends, she will "learn about the ethics and
social reality of a historic competition that has been honored
by the presence of prominent names and launched actresses like
Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Lucia Bose," Mirigliani
said.
The beauty contest is holding its 74th edition this year.

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