Pakistan origin student is first hijab-wearing beauty contest finalist in England

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British Muslim law student Sara Iftekhar will become the first hijab-wearing woman to take part in the Miss England final competition. A resident of Huddersfield in England, 20-year-old will go up against 49 other hopefuls at Kelham Hall in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Sara Iftekhar

Iftekhar, also a make-up artist, has been quite active on Instagram, where she has been sharing her photos attired in traditional Pakistani dress.

After reaching the final, Iftekhar wrote on Instagram, “Wowwwwwww!!!! I can’t even comprehend how amazing it felt for my name to be announced as a finalist in the Miss England Finals 2018! Alhamdullilah ❤️ 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 @missenglandnews.”

Wowwwwwww!!!! I can’t even comprehend how amazing it felt for my name to be announced as a finalist in the Miss England Finals 2018! Alhamdullilah ❤️ 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 @missenglandnews ———————————————————————— A special thanks for my sponsor @parisa_collections for providing me with my gorgeous scarves. A huge thank you to @angeladawn63 ,Kerry, Kirsty,Karina and all of the Miss England team you really have supported me a lot and shown me so much love ? Thanks for everyone who has supported me with your kind words it really means alot? Let’s get ready for the grand finals now?? #missengland #misspopularity #missyorkshire @hudexaminer

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After winning Miss Huddersfield 2018, Iftekhar had said it was “amazing” to make it to the fina, reported BBC.

On wearing headscarf for the final, Iftekhar said, “If I want to cover myself up and dress modestly why should that be an issue? I am just like the other contestants. If I am sending out that message it will motivate other people to participate in a beauty contest.”

The winner of Tuesday night’s event will represent England at the Miss World competition in Sanya, China, in December. Miss World, which is broadcast to more then 120 countries and is in its 68th year, has regularly attracted criticism for being a “degrading” contest.

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