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Student is first hijab-wearing Miss England finalist

Student is first hijab-wearing Miss England finalist
Student is first hijab-wearing Miss England finalist
  • 4 September 2018

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Image caption Sara Iftekhar will join a list of hopefuls to be crowned Miss England at the event in Nottinghamshire

A Muslim law student will become the first hijab-wearing woman to take part in the Miss England final.

Sara Iftekhar from Huddersfield will go up against 49 other hopefuls at Kelham Hall in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The 20-year-old also works as a make-up artist and often shares Instagram pictures of herself in traditional Pakistani dress.

After winning Miss Huddersfield 2018, Ms Iftekhar said it was "amazing" to make it to the final.

Ms Iftekhar, who has had a passion for make-up from a young age, said: "I did not expect to be making history. I do feel proud.

"At the end of the day, I may be the first woman to wear a hijab [at the Miss England final]. However, I am just a regular girl and we all have a fair opportunity in this contest."

She added she decided to take part in Miss England for "a bit of fun".

"If I want to cover myself up and dress modestly why should that be an issue? I am just like the other contestants.

"If I am sending out that message it will motivate other people to participate in a beauty contest."

'Everyone is beautiful'

On a fundraising page she set up for children's charity Beauty with a Purpose, Ms Iftekhar wrote: "I participated in Miss 2018 in order to show that beauty doesn't have a definition. Everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, colour or shape."

On her Instagram, said would be "forever grateful" for the opportunities being a Miss England finalist had given her.

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