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This Beauty Queen Made the Internet Proud by Refusing to Wear a Bikini

This Miss Universe contestant is the most empowering thing you’ll see today.
This Beauty Queen Made the Internet Proud by Refusing to Wear a Bikini
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This Miss Universe contestant is the most empowering thing you’ll see today.

What’s the point of beauty pageants if not to empower women? Muna Jama, a Muslim beauty queen who’s competing in Miss Universe Great Britain, just made history by refusing to wear a bikini during the pageant’s swimsuit portion. “I wouldn’t wear a bikini to the beach, so I’m not going to wear one in a competition to score points,” she told Metro UK.

Instead of walking down the runway in a two-piece swimsuit like the rest of her fellow candidates, the 27-year-old contestant from London stood firm and argued that it goes against her religious beliefs. Instead, she wore a multi-colored kaftan accessorized with a silver choker and a pair of oversize hoop earrings.

It was a beautiful moment in the history of pageantry. And naturally, the internet couldn’t be prouder:

On her Instagram account, Muna took note of the importance of bravely making a stance for what you believe in. "This moment has proved that I am capable of almost anything I set my mind to and limitation is a status waiting to be changed," she wrote. "I thank everyone who stood beside me and believed in my vision."

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She might not have won the crown, but she definitely stole the spotlight and won the people's hearts. You keep doing you, Muna!

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