Muslim student set to become first contestant to sport hijab in Miss England final

Published: September 3, 2018
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Sara Iftekhar, a 20-year-old Muslim woman, is set to become the first beauty queen to participate in Miss England finals donning a hijab, Daily Mirror reported.

Iftekhar will represent represent the country at the Miss World beauty pageant in China if she emerges victorious. The University of Huddersfield law student from West Yorkshire will vie for the crown at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire next Tuesday.

PHOTO: REX/Shutterstock

PHOTO: REX/Shutterstock

While she is not the first Miss England aspirant to wear a hijab, she is the first to make it to the finals. Iftekhar, who started her own clothing business at the age of 16 is also using her label to raise funds for Miss World charity Beauty with a Purpose.

Iftekhar earlier expressed delight at qualifying for the final in an Instragram post. The account was deleted after.

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PHOTO: MISS ENGLAND/FACEBOOK

On her GoFundMe page, Iftekhar explained her motivation for entering the beauty contest. “I participated in Miss England 2018 in order to show that beauty doesn’t have a definition. Everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, colour or shape.”

This story originally appeared in Daily Mirror.

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  • Ahmad
    Sep 3, 2018 - 3:05PM

    This has nothing to Do with Islam, This lady here seeks some Attention and she got that.

    Hijab Means something different than what these so called liberal ladies are showing to the world.

    PS: I am not against Any kind of Hijab Though. Just sharing my thought, Why Hijab When you gotta show your Skin to Public As well. LOL Recommend

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