I always say that the easiest way to work the system is from the inside, and that is exactly what Miss Landmine attempts to do. The women competing in this pagent do not meet the commerical beauty standards, and not only because they are disfigured by the violence of war. Instead they ask us to recognize that beauty is more than skin deep. In fact it’s greater than one person.
The proclaimed manifesto of the Miss Landmine project:
(in no particular order) Female pride and empowerment. Disabled pride and empowerment. Global and local landmine awareness and information. Challenge inferiority and/or guilt complexes that hinder creativity- historical, cultural, social, personal, African, European. Question established concepts of physical perfection. Challenge old and ingrown concepts of cultural cooperation. Celebrate true beauty. Replace the passive term ‘Victim’ with the active term ‘Survivor’
And to have a good time. How cool is that?