British Muslim “Miss Universe” Candidate Receives Death Threats

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.

First Muslim Model to Represent Britain at Miss Universe Beauty Contest

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.