• Sara Iftekhar from Huddersfield hopes to take the Miss England crown next week
• The law student, 20, will be the first beauty queen to compete wearing a hijab
• Sara faces fierce competition from 49 other beauty queens to get a coveted spot to represent England at Miss World in China
By Bridie Pearson-Jones
A 20-year-old law student is set to become the first beauty queen to walk down the Miss England catwalk in a hijab.
Sara Iftekhar, from Huddersfield hopes to take the Miss England crown at Kelham Hall, in Nottinghamshire next week.
The Muslim student, who often shares pictures of herself wearing Pakistani fashion to her thousands of followers on Instagram, said she ‘can’t even comprehend’ how ‘amazing it is’ to have reached the competition’s finals.
Sharing a selfie with a trophy in July, she said on Instagram: ‘Wowwwwwww!!!! 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’
The University of Huddersfield student, who started her own business aged 16, is also using her publicity she’s gained from the competition to fundraise for Beauty with a Purpose.
The charity raises money to help unprivileged children around the world, and helps with things such as the Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia, displaced children in Vietnam and those affected by natural disasters.
Writing on her GoFundMe page she said: ‘I participated in Miss 2018 in order to to show that beauty doesn’t have a definition, everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, colour or shape.’
Sara will face fierce competition from 49 other beauty queens in Tuesday final. If she wins, she’ll go to Sanya in China to represent England at Miss World.
She said on Instagram: My Miss England journey has been so so amazing and an experience which I never thought i would be part of.
‘I still feel honoured to be one of the amazing girls in the top 50 chosen out of 22,000 women.
‘I just can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.
(Courtesy: Daily Mail)