Maria Mahmood is set to become the first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in Miss England.
The 20-year-old who belongs from Birmingham hopes to change mindsets about Muslims through the beauty pageant is through to the semi-finals. And if she wins, she is all set to aim for competing in Miss World Competition.
“Muslims are associated with negative things like terrorism. I’m determined to do my bit to challenge those views,” Maria told The Mirror.
“It’s pretty rare for a Muslim woman to be in a beauty pageant but there’s nothing to stop us entering. I entered Miss Birmingham and the organisers were delighted to have a hijab-wearing Muslim in the competition. They fast-tracked me through to the final where I competed against 30 girls and came second. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.