Fanatics tell Brit Muslim girl in Miss Universe competition to ‘rot in hell’

March 11th, 2011 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Facebook London, Mar 11 (ANI): A girl, who hopes to become the first Muslim to represent UK at the Miss Universe competition, has revealed that religious zealots, who are against her competing, have told her to “rot in hell”.

Shanna Bukhari, 24, from Manchester, who will be facing fierce competition from other models, hopes to send out a message that beauty competitions should not be off limits to Muslim women.

“I want other girls from Muslim communities to feel they can do this,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

“My family are right behind me and I have had support from many others on Facebook - including friends who wear headscarves - after I set up a campaign,” she stated.

She has agreed, like all other competitors, to take part in the swimsuit section of the contest but says there are some who have reacted with fury to the idea.

“Three men wrote that they would not support me because what I was doing was sinful. They said I should rot in hell which is pretty shocking,” she revealed.

“But they contradict themselves by going out clubbing, drinking and smoking.

“I have had amazing support from the Asian/Pakistani community right across the UK and they want me to do well.

“These competitions are not just about beauty, they are about brains and personality as well,” she added.

Bukhari was born in Blackburn and studied English literature at Bolton University. Her brothers and sisters and her parents all support her bid for the title.

She got through to the British final after qualifying from Miss Universe Asiana, a competition for Asian women living in the UK.

The winner of Miss Universe GB at the ICC Birmingham on May 1 will go on to the final in Sao Paulo on September 12. (ANI)

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