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.
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.”
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.”