Baghdad, May 7: Amidst war in Iraq between Islamic State terrorist organization and US-led security forces, Baghdad gets a ray of positivity and cheerful moments after the country gets its first Miss Iraq on Saturday. However, it is the first time after 28 years when Baghdad gets its first Miss Iraq in an alcohol-free and no swimwear contest.
Twenty-year-old Shaymaa Abdelrahman, from Kirkuk, was chosen as the winner and said that the event showed Iraq was progressing. In this event, eight contenders competed for the crown and the chance to represent Iraq at the global Miss Universe contest which was held in Basra as it was shifted from Baghdad due to threats from conservative Muslims.
After winning the Miss Iraq crown, Shaymaa Abdelrahman said, ‘I’m very happy to see Iraq going forward.’ ‘This event was huge and put a smile on the faces of the Iraqis,’ she added. Shaima is a Business Administrations graduate. Abdelrahman and other contestants pitched charity projects as part of the event. She pushed for education programmes across the country.
Interestingly, in this event, all the contenders had to wear evening dresses that ended below the knee and prohibited from wearing headscarves. There was no swimsuit walk. Importantly, Iraq’s only beauty pageant before this one was in 1972, when the country was ruled by Saddam Hussein’s cousin, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr.