A 20-year-old model has become the first Miss England constant to walk the runway donning an Islamic headscarf.
Sara Iftekhar, a law student at The University of Huddersfield, has already won the Miss Huddersfield title, representing the northern English market town.
She started a clothing business at the age of 16 and is also a make-up artist. She constantly shares pictures of herself wearing traditional Pakistani dress on social media.
But she has lost to Alisha Cowie at Nottinghamshire’s Kelham Hall this week.
The pair were among the 5o finalists competing for the beauty title, which comes with a chance to represent the UK in the Miss World pageant to be held in China next November.
Despite losing the crown, Sara made headlines being the first Hijabi to running for the title.
She had previously posted on Instagram how “amazing” it was to be among the finalists.
“I can’t even comprehend how amazing it felt for my name to be announced as a finalist in the Miss England Finals 2018! Alhamdullilah.
“It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget.
“The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of and will forever be grateful for.”
Competition spokeswoman Angie Beasley was quoted by the Daily Mail newspaper saying: “It just proves Miss England represents the way England is today.”
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