20 March 2011
Shanna Bukhari, of Pakistani background and representing Britain in the Miss Universe beauty contest, has received threats from all sides. Muslim radicals tell her she betrays her religion, white supremacists say she cannot represent Britain as it’s not her country, and feminists criticise her for participating in a contest based on female beauty. Bukhari has had to employ a private security firm for her participation in public events, when she recently received indirect death threats via the internet. She says she knew her entry into the contest would not be an easy path, but never expected such extreme reactions; however, she will not withdraw her candidacy.