NEWS DESK: A Muslim woman has won the right not to pose in a bikini in the Miss Universe GB competition, reported The Telegraph.
Muna Juma, 27, from London, will stand on stage among her fellow finalists wearing a kaftan instead of the traditional bikini.
Juma, who co-founded Cloudless Research, a startup which aims to tackle illegal migration and child abuse in East Africa, originally applied for the competition two years ago, but withdrew over concerns about having to wear the swimwear, which is against her religious beliefs.
However, she decided to reapply – and having beaten off stiff competition to reach the UK final, led a successful campaign to wear a kaftan onstage.
“I wouldn’t wear a bikini to the beach, so I’m not going to wear one in a competition to score points” she said.
Miss Universe GB is the UK qualifier for the global Miss Universe competition, previously owned by Donald Trump, in which women from over 80 countries participate to be crowned champion.