A 20-year-old Muslim law student is set to be the first beauty queen to wear a hijab while walking down the Miss England catwalk, according to reports. Huddersfield's Sara Iftekhar hopes to take the Miss England crown at Kelham Hall, in Nottinghamshire next week, according to the Daily Mail. Iftekhar is a popular figure on Instagram and often shared pictures of herself wearing Pakistani fashion on the social networking website. The 20-year-old reportedly said that she "can't even comprehend" how "amazing it is" to have reached the final stage of the beauty pageant.
Iftekhar, in July, had shared a picture of herself with a trophy on Instagram, with the caption: "Wowwwwwww!!!! I can’t even comprehend how amazing it felt for my name to be announced as a finalist in the Miss England Finals 2018! Alhamdullilah. It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget. The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of and will forever be grateful for," she wrote on Instagram.
The 20-year-old, who is a student at the University of Huddersfield, had started her business when she was 16 years of age. She's reportedly using her popularity gained from the competition to raise funds for the charity Beauty with a Purpose, according to reports.
The charity reportedly raises funds to assist unprivileged children across the world and assists with associations like the Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia, displaced children in Vietnam and those affected by natural disasters.
Iftekhar has also created a GoFundMe page, where she said: "I participated in Miss 2018 in order to show that beauty doesn't have a definition, everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, color or shape.'"
Iftekhar, on Instagram, said that her journey in the pageant has been amazing so far. "My Miss England journey has been so so amazing and an experience which I never thought i would be part of. I still feel honored to be one of the amazing girls in the top 50 chosen out of 22,000 women. I just can’t wait to see where this journey takes me," she said.
Reports state that Iftekhar is set to face a fierce competition from 49 other beauty queens during the finals on Tuesday and if she wins, she will represent England at Miss World in Sanya, China.