Muna Jama was participating in the Miss Universe Great Britain pageant and wasn’t comfortable with the bikini round. She talked to the organizers and was given the go-ahead to sashay down the catwalk in her choice: a flowy long flamboyant kaftan, large hooped earrings, and a silver choker.
The 27-year-old was invited to compete in the pageant and agreed to do so only after she was allowed to “wear a cover-up if she chose.” And she did.
Sharing the momentous occasion with her followers on Instagram she said:
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
This is not the first time a Muslim woman has made headlines for her choice of modest clothing in a beauty pageant.
Earlier this year Halima Aden had made headlines globally for her choice to participate in the Miss Minnesota pageant in a burkini, the modest cover-all swimsuit favoured by Muslim women. Since then she has cemented her fashion credentials, landing an Allure cover, walking for Yeezy Season 5 as well as at the Milan Fashion Show in February this year.
In a time when Islamphobia is rife, and women are being questioned over their right to choose the way they want to dress, this comes as welcome news, Muslim woman or not.