Photos of Iraqi Beauty Queens

Pictures from the past showing how liberated women once were in Iraq:

Sweden and the Middle East Views

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!

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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

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3 thoughts on “Photos of Iraqi Beauty Queens

  1. Do to the discourse of this blog I’m not happy to see my blog post reblogged here – even though everyone are free to reblog, I want to point out, and I’m not asking you to take the post down, only to keep my comment. The reason I’m not happy is that my blog promotes tolerance and this blog doesn’t.

    • I have to say, I’m rather disturbed by the above comment. This blog promotes tolerance – but tolerance comes with questions – not blind acceptance of a practice that comes from a religion of “No.” These are not my own words, but that of Ayesha Mattu, co-editor of an anthology titled, Love, InshAllah. In the article, Ishq, Actually (June 2014, vol. 28, no. 3, http://www.indiacurrents.com), Zenobia Khaleel writes, “Having been raised to believe that Islam was a religion of ‘No,’ which had no place for joy or creativity, questions, or doubts, Mattu aspires to create an ‘Islam of Yes’ for herself and her children.” Unfortunately, as promising as these intentions sound, the writer is pictured wearing the hijab – obvious remnants of the religion of “No” she was exposed to.

      Blindly pretending that the hijab is a normal sight in today’s Western world is not practicing tolerance – it’s practicing ignorance. Secular Muslim women choose not to wear the veil, versus religious Muslim women who do. The latter is agreeing to stricter and extreme interpretations of the Qur’an. This being said, what other strict, extreme, and violent verses are they agreeing with? You can’t just pick and choose parts of religious texts to follow.

      It was 9/11 which instigated this wildfire of hijabs popping up in America. Fouad Ajami, an American scholar, stated that converts tend to be fanatics. This new trend of wearing the hijab is a form of conversion taking place in the American Muslim community, one which is building walls, or literal curtains, of separation. What happens within these constructed walls where girls become ostracized from the non-Muslim community? When non-Muslims become ostracized from Muslim communities?

      Female genital mutilation and honor killings are on the rise in America. It would be ignorant to think that the sudden influx of hijab wearers and the rise of these abusive practices in the name of religion have nothing to do with the other.

      There’s no way in h*ll that I’m going to tolerate the intolerant. Others may be willing to play that game.

      Not on this site. Not on my watch.

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