A Muslim Miss Universe contestant at the Miss Universe Great Britain pageant this year, left us stunned as she walked out on the runway wearing a Kaftan instead of a Bikini in the swimsuit round.
This Muslim Miss Universe Contestant is Muna Juma, who is 27, and got the approval of the officials of the pageant to “wear a cover-up if she chose” to do so. Miss Muna Juma said that she would never be comfortable wearing a Bikini at a beach, hence, she would not wear one on the runway as well. She made history, as she walked out in a colourful kaftaan while all the other contestants walked the runway in swimsuits.
It has often been believed that these beauty pageants seem like they are only objectifying girls by exposing their skin to the maximum extent, hence, there are some changes being brought about in the rules of these pageants now. In the Miss Teen USA competition of 2016, it was announced that the Swimwear round would be replaced with athletic wear.
Miss Muna Juma feels really proud of herself for what she achieved:
It takes bravery, emotional resilience and most importantly surrounding yourself with strong minded people who are prepared to make great sacrifices to welcome permanent and positive change. I may not be able to unwrite a moment in my life but I know a moment will never define me. I will always rise above your expectations and pushed past your limitations. You are what you say you are, and your imaginations can be your worst enemy unless you overcome your fears. Be careful of what you think of others because it’s a reflection of what you are. Work at being a better person, and one day we can welcome a better World. . . This moment has proved that I am capable of almost anything I set my mind to and limitations is a status waiting to be changed. I thank everyone who stood beside me and believed in my vision. 🙏🙌❤😘😙😘😍🙆😊💓 . . #missuniverse #mugb2017 #missuniversegb #fear #migrant #refugee #positive #change #love #modelling #friends #family #girls #pageant #empowerment #inspiration #inspire #aspire #history #munajama #caftan #kaftan #stage #london #dubai #love #indonesia #malaysia @missuniversegb Photographer @leedarephotography
But we guess there are people who take flaws out of everything. She has been facing hate comments targeting her as a Muslim, and questioning her as to why she entered a beauty pageant if she couldn’t fulfil the requirements of the pageant itself.
People need to understand that everyone has free will to choose how they want to dress, and we believe this Muslim Miss Universe contestant looked outstanding. She has now set a precedent for others to follow and has encouraged Muslims to enrol themselves in these beauty pageants as well.