Islamic State monsters have made contact with the newly-crowned Miss Iraq beauty queen, saying that they will kidnap her if she does not join the terror organisation. Shaymaa Qasim Abdelrahman, recently won Iraq’s first Miss Iraq beauty contest since 1972. She received the call anonymously, with the voice on the phone claiming to be from ISIS. The voice said that she must join ISIS, else she will be kidnapped and harmed.
But 20-year-old Shaymaa Abdelrahman, who recently won the country’s first Miss Iraq beauty contest since 1972, is insisting that she will not be intimated by ISIS thugs.
The pageant was designed to meet enough international criteria to propel its winner to the next Miss Universe contest, but some details, such as the Kalashnikov-toting guard at the door, set the event firmly in Iraq.
The winner said she would use her fame to forward educational initiatives, especially among the massive population of people who have been displaced by conflict.
Organisers hoped bringing the beauty pageant back would ‘highlight the bright side of Iraq’ but hardliners and tribal leaders argued it was un-Islamic and immoral. Death threats reportedly led to the 200 women who had wanted to participate dwindling down to less than 10.