A 21-YEAR-OLD law student from London will make history at the annual Miss Uganda UK beauty pageant as the first-ever hijabi contestant.
Hayaati Njuki’s participation is monumental, as a Muslim woman.
“All too often, contestants in beauty pageants are regarded for their physical beauty alone,” a statement from Exposure, a youth communications charity sponsoring Hayaati, read. “Miss Njuki’s modest appearance is a striking reminder that women brave enough to grace the pageant stage are worthy of praise for their intelligence and wit, as well.”
Hayaati added: “The support I’ve had so far has been amazing. Girls, hijabi an non-hijabi wearers have told me that what I’m doing is powerful and I’m really challenging people’s ideals of beauty.”
Miss Uganda UK will take place on December 3.
“Please consider voting for Hayaati Njuki and supporting her groundbreaking endeavour to be not only the first ever Hijabi contestant, but perhaps the first Hijabi Miss Uganda UK,” Exposure’s statement continued.
“She is a poignant example of the changing tides of society, and appreciates your support.”