Muslim woman is first-ever contestant to wear kaftan in pageant swimwear section

Muna Jama posted a picture of her wearing the Kaftan on social media (Instagram: @ms_munajama)

Muna Jama posted a picture of her wearing the Kaftan on social media (Instagram: @ms_munajama)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Muslim contestant in the Miss Universe pageant has become the first person ever to wear a kaftan during the bikini segment of the competition.

Muna Jama wore a brightly coloured kaftan with platform heels as well as hoop earrings and a choker, according to The Express Tribune.

Pageant rules state that contestants are not allowed to wear such an outfit in this round, but an exception was made for Jama by organisers.

The contestant posted a photo of herself wearing the kaftan on Instagram, writing: “It takes bravery, emotional resilience and most importantly surrounding yourself with strong-minded people who are prepared to make great sacrifices to welcome permanent and positive change.

“This moment has proved that I am capable of almost anything I set my mind to and limitations is a status waiting to be changed. I thank everyone who stood beside me and believed in my vision.”

She added that the kaftan is a beautiful piece of clothing that could be worn anywhere without leaving the wearer feeling exposed.

Jama did not win Miss Universe but many commented on her Instagram post praising her for being an inspiration.

But in an interview with she said she wasn't expecting to inspire anyone and wasn't trying to represent a country, religion or race.

She added: “I think people in general can take from this that you can achieve anything in life without changing."