The World Muslimah beauty pageant has been won by Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola from Nigeria.
She beat 20 finalists in the competition in which the contestants were judged not on conventional beauty but how well they recited the Holy Koran and their knowledge of Islam.
The pageant’s founder lost her job as a TV anchor after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf. The event was staged days before the Miss World competition, which is also being hosted in Indonesia.
“It is not against Miss World, but against pornography, against sexual appeal in front of the children so women should be well empowered, highly appreciated and also well educated, that is the issue,” explained Eka Shanti the founder of the World Muslimah contest
In Indonesia, the Miss World beauty contest has created widespread controversy with protests on the streets. The opposition to the pageant forced organisers to move the final from Jakarta to Bali and to drop the traditional swim wear round.
The World Muslimah competition attracted over 500 participants from around the world who took part in online rounds to reach the final. It is the first time foreign participants have competed alongside local women.