A law student from Huddersfield, and one of 50 contestants to make it to the final stages of the Miss England beauty contest, Sara Iftekhar, will be the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab in the final at Kelham Hall, in Nottinghamshire next week.
Although 20-year-old Sara is not the first contestant to wear a hijab, Iftekhar will be the first woman to wear a hijab when she walks the runway in the final. A British Muslim, Maria Mahmood, age 20, was officially the first woman to compete in the Miss England beauty pageant and wear a hijab but she did not make it past the semi-finals. (Seen below)
After Iftekhar won the Miss Yorkshire Popularity 2018 contest and the Miss Huddersfield 2018 contest, she set her goal to compete for the Miss England title. The woman who wins the Miss England title from the UK, will then go on to represent the nation in the Miss World pageant.
“Wow, I can’t even comprehend how amazing it felt for my name to be announced as a finalist in the Miss England Finals 2018,”she told her Instagram followers.
“It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget. The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of, and will forever be grateful for.”
Sara used her platform to show support for Beauty with a Purpose, a charity that seeks to help displaced children in Vietnam, and underprivileged children in South America, Russia, and Sri Lanka, as well as people affected by natural disasters, according to Metro.
Iftekhar also set up a GoFundMe where she states, “‘I participated in Miss 2018 in order to to show that beauty doesn’t have a definition, everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, colour or shape.”
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