10 March 2011
Model and English graduate Shanna Bukhari from Rochdale wants to become the first Muslim to represent Britain at the Miss Universe contest in Brazil. Along with 60 other women, she is hoping to come first in the British final fighting. Bukhari also hopes to be a role model for Muslim girls, who do not dare entering contests for fear that it is not permitted by Islam. She has also had to face harsh criticism from radicals: three men advised her to “rot in hell” because her actions were sinful, but thanks to the support from her family and friends, Bukhari does not abstain from participating in the contest.