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Inela Nogić (born 1976 in Sarajevo) became world-famous during the Siege of Sarajevo when she won the 1993 Miss Besieged Sarajevo beauty pageant, which was held in a basement in an effort to avoid the barrage of sniper attacks from Serb militias. Nogić and the other contestants held up a banner that read "Don't let them kill us". The pageant was documented by an amateur filmmaker, whose footage director Bill Carter then used in his documentary Miss Sarajevo. The documentary was broadcast internationally, provoking a viewer response that added to the international pressure to end the siege. Footage of the documentary was incorporated into the single "Miss Sarajevo" by the Irish band U2 together with Brian Eno and the Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. Nogić also featured on the cover of the single, taken during the pageant.
After the war ended, Nogić was invited to the 1997 concert given by U2 in Sarajevo and personally escorted by the band.
As of 2012, she has been living in the Netherlands and is the mother of two.
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- "Sarajevo, then and now, through the eyes of a pageant queen". TheStar.com. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
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