Competing against 49 other contestants at Kelham Hall in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on Monday night, Sara Iftekhar, who is of Pakistani descent, showed up wearing a blue, flower-embellished gown paired with a black, artfully wrapped turban.
“It goes to show that Miss England represents England today,” said spokeswoman Angie Beasley, quoted by the Daily Mail .
The Miss England finalist, who works as a makeup artist, was named Miss Huddersfield 2018. Sara Iftekhar said she was “proud” to be the first Hijabi woman to arrive in the final. “But I’m an ordinary girl, and we have an equal chance in this contest,” she told the BBC . “If I want to cover myself and dress modestly, why should this be a problem?” She said. “I am like every other contestant”.
“I participate in Miss 2018 to show that beauty has no definition,” she wrote on her Instagram page. “Every person is beautiful in his own way, regardless of his weight, his race, his color”.
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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