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Beauty Queen Will Be First Miss England Contestant To Wear A Hijab

Beauty Queen Will Be First Miss England Contestant To Wear A Hijab

Muslim beauty queen, Maria Mahmood, is set to be the first Miss England contestant to take to the stage in a hijab.

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While a Muslim woman has previously been crowned winner of the beauty pageant, no one has taken part while wearing a hijab.

The 20-year-old, who hails from the West Midlands, was a runner-up in the Miss Birmingham heat, and she then made it through to the semi-finals of the national beauty competition.

If Maria is successful, she will then be able to take part in the Miss England Finals - whoever is crowned Miss England then goes on to represent the nation in the Miss World beauty contest.

Credit: Instagram/Maria Mahmood
Credit: Instagram/Maria Mahmood

According to The Mirror, Maria, who is an aspiring social worker, will take part in the swimwear rounds of the competition while wearing a burkini.

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The beauty queen told the newspaper that she wanted to challenge negative stereotypes that Muslims are faced with on a daily basis.

Maria explained: "It's pretty rare for a Muslim woman to be in a beauty pageant but there's nothing to stop us entering.

"I entered Miss Birmingham and the organisers were delighted to have a hijab-wearing Muslim in the competition."

"They fast-tracked me through to the final where I competed against 30 girls and came second."

Credit: Instagram/Maria Mahmood
Credit: Instagram/Maria Mahmood

The psychology student then added: "I couldn't believe it."

Maria also told the publication that her family have been really supportive of her decision, although there have been a few negative comments, and she is preparing herself to receive more.

But it seems like Maria could not care less about what the haters have to say, as she added: "But what I'm doing is em­powering for Muslim women. I'm anticipating most people will back me."

Credit: Instagram/Maria Mahmood
Credit: Instagram/Maria Mahmood

The Miss England semi-final will be held in Newart, Nottinghamshire in July this year.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Maria Mahmood ‎ ⠀

Topics: News, Life News, Real

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

 

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