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