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Sara Iftekhar aims to become the first Miss England to wear the hijab
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Sara Iftekhar aims to become the first Miss England to wear the hijab

Sara Iftekhar aims to become the first Miss England to wear the hijab
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 Sara Iftekhar, Miss England 2018 finalist. Source: Instagram

 

Sara Iftekhar, a 20-year-old law student from Huddersfield, is set to become the first beauty queen to wear a hijab during the Miss England final.

Sara will walk the ramp this week to compete with 49 other contestants for the coveted crown. Speaking about why she wanted to take part, she explained, “I participated in Miss 2018 to show that beauty doesn’t have a definition. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, regardless of weight, race, colour or shape.”

Sharing a selfie with a trophy in July, she told her Instagram followers: “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! Alhamdullilah.” 

She continued, “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 has signed up to fundraise for Beauty with a purpose, a charity that raises money to help underprivileged children worldwide.

If she wins, she’ll go to Sanya, in China, to represent England at the Miss World contest.

This August, Malaysian-Indonesian New Zealander Nurul Shamsul wore a hijab and finished Miss Universe New Zealand in fifth place. “Alhamdulillah for 5th place! Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support,” Nurul announced on Instagram, also revealing that she learned about the result on her 21st birthday. “This is only the beginning, and I can’t wait for what Allah has planned for me!!!” 

She added, “As a hijabi, I will be the first in New Zealand to make it to the finals and one of the first in the world to ever do so.”

 

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