A Muslim beauty queen competing in the Miss Universe Great Britain pageant has made history this week by becoming the first woman to wear a kaftan during the competition's bikini section.
Pageant officials agreed that Muna Jama could “wear a cover-up if she chose” after she insisted she would not compete in a swimsuit.
According to the Metro newspaper, the 27-year-old said: “I wouldn’t wear a bikini to a beach, so I’m not going to wear one in a competition to score points.”
Instead, Muna walked in a long brightly-coloured kaftan, a statement choker and some killer hoops earrings – and basically put all the other contestants to shame while doing it.
It takes bravery, emotional resilience and most importantly surrounding yourself with strong minded people who are prepared to make great sacrifices to welcome permanent and positive change. I may not be able to unwrite a moment in my life but I know a moment will never define me. I will always rise above your expectations and pushed past your limitations. You are what you say you are, and your imaginations can be your worst enemy unless you overcome your fears. Be careful of what you think of others because it's a reflection of what you are. Work at being a better person, and one day we can welcome a better World. . . This moment has proved that I am capable of almost anything I set my mind to and limitations is a status waiting to be changed. I thank everyone who stood beside me and believed in my vision. . . #missuniverse #mugb2017 #missuniversegb #fear #migrant #refugee #positive #change #love #modelling #friends #family #girls #pageant #empowerment #inspiration #inspire #aspire #history #munajama #caftan #kaftan #stage #london #dubai #love #indonesia #malaysia @missuniversegb Photographer @leedarephotography
“It takes bravery, emotional resilience and most importantly surrounding yourself with strong minded people who are prepared to make great sacrifices to welcome permanent and positive change. I may not be able to unwrite a moment in my life but I know a moment will never define me,” she wrote in an emotional Instagram post.
“I thank everyone who stood beside me and believed in my vision.”
Help me congratulate the outstanding and beautiful Anna Burdzy as Miss Universe Great Britain 2017 , I'm proud to have come this far with the pleasure to share the stage with all these incredible women! for this I feel like a winner thank you for following me on my journey, it wouldn't have been the same without your encouraging messages, constant support and nonstop love that I was able to make history for the first time ever! Thank you . . . mugb2017 #missuniversegb #cardiff #threecountries #blacksash #Mercurecardiffhollandhouse #missuniversegb #missuniversecardiff
And as if Muna wasn't enough of a boss a** b**ch, she is also the co-founder of the start-up, Cloudless Research, an organisation set up the address the issues of child abuse and illegal migration.
“We aim to reduce the number of victims channelling the Mediterranean Sea through education and encouraging new legislations in the country of origin.”
Basically she is an absolute queen and even though she didn't win the qualifier to the Miss Universe competition, she has definitely made her mark on the pageant industry.