Miss World Australia becomes the flag-bearer for Islam as the religion of peace

Published: July 19, 2017


The beautiful and elegant Miss World Australia becomes the flag-bearer of peace in Islam. Esma Voloder, a criminal profiler from Melbourne who identifies herself as a Muslim has recently won the Miss world Australia pageant and has grabbed the opportunity to clear misconceptions about Islam and is keen to project the religion in a peaceful light, reported Daily Mail.

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My heart is full ❤️ Gratitude and joy overtook me last night as I was crowned @missworldaustralia 2017 at @grandhyattmelbourne Last night re-affirmed that dreams really can become realities. We have all heard this and some of us have been fortunate to not only think it, but truly know it… though it has never prevented the doubt that creeps up on us… it is faith in the best outcome provides us with the strength and motivation to do our best and continue striving. So many people I would like to give a whole hearted thank you to- My family for your love and support. Miss World Australia team and @pageantqueenaus (Miss World Australia director) for your kindness, understanding, faith and trust in me. The judges who represented diverse and relevant elements and industries in Australia that I admire- from an organisation dedicated to helping those in need and giving women opportunity, comedy to keep us light hearted, fashion that keeps us feeling who we are, health and fitness which equips us with the energy to chase our dreams and send positive messages, and reality which showcases bravery to be who we are in front of a large audience. To @phuketpearls for the stunning crown inspired by the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge-it is so appreciated and considerate of you to have incorporated iconic Australian culture into your carefully handcrafted masterpiece, it is so beautiful and I love it dearly <3 The @hugthailand for your partnership and hospitality- I am so very excited to travel to the land of smiles once I have an extra big one to bring to your country @ozwearaustralia , @novoshoes and all our other sponsors for their generously donated gifts (products, thoughts, hospitality and love) . Each time I received something I felt so spoilt and meeting some of you has been a pleasure you are all so infectious and it really does translate in your products. Thank you for having myself as your ambassador. It has been a blessing to raise funds under #beautywithaprpose and for @varietyaustralia . Thank you Australia- for giving me a home and opportunity to do good #missworldaustralia2017

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The a twenty-five year old pageant winner of Bosnian descent was awarded the $68,000 pearl-encrusted crown on Friday. After receiving the title, she uttered the following words:

“The Islam that I know, that is in the Holy Quran, I don’t associate that with any acts that are occurring around the world.”

Esma hopes to use the opportunity bestowed to her with the title of Miss World Australia to negate all the misconceptions about the Islamic faith and the stereotypes surrounding Muslims. She has been on record saying:

“A lot of things have been misconstrued about Islam. I feel that a category has been created that is not really what the Holy Quran actually promotes. I believe Islam is about peace, unity, prosperity and inclusion.”

Esma’s family fell victim to the Bosnian War two decades ago and found a safe abode in refugee camps in Australia when she was just five months old.

In 2008, the pageant winner was crowned Miss Teen Australia and later went on to acquire a degree in Psychology along with competing for more pageants and perusing a career in the fashion industry.

On the stereotyped image of Islam and Muslims tarnished with extremism, Esma commented, “People tend to blame religion for the atrocities that are happening, but if we do that we take responsibility away from the individuals and then we are not able to assess them, and deal with them effectively, because we are blaming an external source.”

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As the newest Miss World Australia titleholder, Esma will also be the ambassador for Thailand Tourism and Novo shoes.

But the Bosnian beauty said she hopes she can inspire unity with her platform.

“Despite what your personal beliefs are, if we all believe in what is good, we can work together and make this world a beautiful and liveable place while we are here.”

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  • Dipak
    Jul 20, 2017 - 12:48AM

    Only Jinnah would believe her. OBL and other Mullah NOT.Recommend

  • Gka
    Jul 20, 2017 - 6:02AM

    Does she believe in two nation theory ?Recommend

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