Miss Universe 2010 swimsuit designer Tala Raassi received 40 lashes

albania&ireland.jpgLast week, The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant got a little pre-publicity when contestants were seen posing in Las Vegas in bikinis and body paint. Or, in some cases, bikini bottoms and body paint.

Is it exploitation or female empowerment? Throw in a stunning woman in skimpy clothing and the issue can get a bit muddled.