Pictures from the past showing how liberated women once were in Iraq:
The beauty queen contest was once a natural part of the Iraqi society and the country is still represented in international beauty contests, at the moment being by Ruth Benyamin. But it’s no longer possible to hold the competition in Iraq. Here are some glimpses of former Iraqi beauty queens.
Thank you Talat Model Management for allowing me to publish these photos!
1947: Renee Dangour, the first Miss Iraq
1972: Iraq’s Maiden of Beauty Contest. Wijdan Sulyman, no 19, won the pageant and went on to represent Iraq in Miss Universe the same year
1972: Miss Iraq Wijdan Sulyman in the middle, during the Miss Universe Pageant in Puerto Rico
Miss Iraq’s logo 1987-2006
Photo credit: Talat Model Management