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The contest “Miss HSE” was renamed “Miss”. Now it involves young men

The scandal in the university erupted after accusations of unethical and discrimination against women because of the beauty contest among students.

Participants and participants of the Miss contest from the Higher School of Economics in 2018. Photos from the official community
Participants and participants of the Miss contest from the Higher School of Economics in 2018. Photos from the official community

Student show “Miss” of the Higher School of Economics announced participants and participants, among whom for the first time in 11 years of the competition there were young men. Previously, the organizers changed the name and concept of the event because of accusations of discrimination against women.

18 girls and two guys

On April 27, the Miss contest from the Higher School of Economics announced the participants – among them two guys and 18 girls. According to the organizers, they received a record number of applications, so the selection took a long time. In the final stage were Philip Lymar from the second year and Ilya Sagaidak from the first.

Philippe Lymar
Philippe Lymar
Ilya Sagaidak
Ilya Sagaidak

Among other changes in the competition, the organizers refused the title “Miss HSE” and the concept of the beauty contest. Participants will go through several stages, among them defile and sports competition. Since 2018, they will also need to deliver a lecture or concept idea, following the example of TED.

Our main goal is to become the most global and progressive platform that takes into account all major trends and trends. We want to become a platform that realizes extracurricular talents and potential of students of the Higher School of Economics.

organizers of the Miss contest at the Higher School of Economics

The reason for the change is the scandal due to accusations of sexism

On the student council of the Higher School of Economics several times raised the issue of the need for a beauty contest among students. The event is held since 2008 and with the financial support of the University. Ella Rossman, a graduate, spoke against the competition, students arranged pickets near the university building with a demand to cancel the event for “objectifying women”, and the professor of the department of cultural studies called him “a masking element of gender slavery.”

On the eve of the new contest, the scandal erupted again: the organizers announced the acceptance of applications with the help of announcements about the search for “candies”, “crumbs” and “zolotets”. The initiative group of students demanded that the management of the Higher School of Economics deprive the organizers of the competition of the status of the student organization and financial support.

On April 10, the Council of the Foundation for Support of Student Initiatives withdrew support for the event at the university due to the fact that the authors still use the concept of the beauty contest. They were banned from using the HSE brand and attracting sponsors through cooperation with the university.

After changing the name and depriving the HSE support, the organizers of the “Miss” still intend to hold a competition. They told in an interview that they want to help students and students show themselves, perform on stage and develop their own talents.

We thought for a long time about the concept, there was an idea for another show, but DSPI did not want to support it. We realized that in Vyshka everything in the entertainment sector is very turbid: solid lectures, conference clubs – in fact, meetings on interests, but simply cool entertainment and drive there. And we decided not to be wimpy, but to say simply and understandably. Everyone already understands that beauty, especially in HSE, is a great concept. This is our show and a promotional campaign.

Yury Korchagin
producer of the Miss contest from the Higher School of Economics
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