Iraqi beauty pageants

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Miss Iraq Organization
Miss Iraq Logo.png
Logo for Miss Iraq in English, Arabic, & Kurdish
Formation1947
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersBaghdad
Location
Membership
Official language
Arabic
Kurdish
English
Director
Ahmed Laith Salman
Websitemissuniverseiraq.com
missiraq.net

Miss Iraq is a national beauty pageant in Iraq.

History[edit]

Renee Dangoor, an Iraqi Jew, won the first title of Miss Iraq in 1947.

The Miss Iraq has been founded in 1947 and in 1972 the country participated in Miss Universe history. Wijdan Sulyman was crowned Hasna'a Al-Iraq (or Belle of Iraq) in 1972 and is the first known Iraqi woman to hold a national beauty title. She was the first Iraqi Pageant winner to participate in Miss Universe.[1]

In 2015 the first season after 43 years absence, the official national beauty contest of Iraq recognized by Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities has been held in Baghdad.[2] The Miss Iraq titles set to be three categories which are Miss Iraq, Iraq's Maiden of Beauty and Mesopotamian Princess.

The pageant is organized by a group of civil activists, leaders from the beauty/fashion community and with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities of Iraq.[3]

In 2016, Miss Iraq Organization sent Miss Mesopotamia 2015 winner Susan Amer Sulaimani (Noori), a Kurdish student in Baghdad to participate in the Miss Earth 2016 pageant as Iraq's first representative since 1972 in the Big Four international beauty pageants.[4][5] She wore a dress instead of a bikini during the pageant's press conference.[4]

National franchise holders[edit]

The Miss Iraq returned and debut to the Big League Pageants like Miss Earth in 2016 and then Miss Universe in 2017.[6][7]

Titleholders[edit]

Year Miss Iraq Governorate
1947 Renée Dangoor Baghdad
1962 Kholoud Saleh Baghdad
1963 Sameera Zeidan Baghdad
1971 Nasik Shali Sulaymaniyah
1972 Wijdan Burhan El-Deen Sulyman Baghdad
2015 Shimaa Qasim[8] Kirkuk
2017 Sarah Idan Babil
2021 Maria Farhad[9] Nineveh Plains

Big Four pageants representatives[edit]

The following women have represented Iraq in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women.[10][11] These are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.[12][13][14]

Miss Universe Iraq[edit]

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year Governorate Miss Iraq Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards Notes
Did not compete since 2018—present
2017 Baghdad Sarah Idan Unplaced Best National Costume (Top 16)
Miss Iraq
2016 Kirkuk Shimaa Qasim Did not compete Withdrew, due to personal reasons
Did not compete between 1973—2015
1972 Baghdad Wijdan Burhan El-Deen Sulyman Unplaced
Did not compete between 1952—1971

Miss World Iraq[edit]

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year Governorate Miss Iraq Placement at Miss World Special Awards Notes
2021 Nineveh Maria Farhad TBD TBD Miss Iraq 2021
Did not compete since 2018—2019. No contest in 2020.
2017 Halabja Masty Hama Did not compete First Runner-up of Miss Iraq 2017
Did not compete between 1999—2016
1998 Baghdad Ban Kadret Did not compete She withdrew because of a disagreement between Eric Morley and the Miss Iraq organizers, due to sanctions placed on Iraq.
Did not compete between 1951—1997

Miss Earth Iraq[edit]

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year Governorate Miss Iraq Placement at Miss Earth Special Awards Notes
Did not compete since 2017—present
2016 Baghdad Susan Amer[15] Unplaced Second Runner-up of Miss Iraq 2015
Did not compete between 2001—2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critical Beauty: First ever televised Miss Iraq pageant to take place tonight!". criticalbeauty.com. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Miss Iraq is back after 43 years". CNN. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Miss Iraq begins her year of activities". Kalimba Radio. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b News, Editorial Staff (12 October 2016). "Iraqi Kurdish beauty, not wear a bikini at Miss Earth press conference". Ekurd Daily. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ News, Iraq (12 October 2016). "Kurdish student in Baghdad selected for 2016 Miss Earth Pageant". Rudaw News. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ Editorial Staff (2016-10-12). "Iraqi Kurdish beauty, not wear a bikini at Miss Earth press conference". Kurd Net - Ekurd.net Daily News. Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  7. ^ Yasmin Khorram. "Death threats haunt Miss Iraq in wake of selfie controversy". CNN. Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  8. ^ "Student Shakes Off Threats to Win Miss Iraq in Name of Women's Rights". NBC News. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Maria Farhad wins Miss Iraq 2021". SyriacPress. 2021-07-30. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  10. ^ Jun, Kwanwoo (2003-12-03). "Lost in Storm's Debris: A Beauty Pageant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  11. ^ Kenya, News (2011-07-15). "Beauty with scandals". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  12. ^ Vietnam, News (2008-10-08). "Những scandal của Miss World". Vietnam Express. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  13. ^ Ibrahim, Lynda (2013-09-13). "The misses and missuses of the world". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  14. ^ Lowe, Aya (2016-01-25). "Philippines' Miss Universe returns home, ignites dreams". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  15. ^ Mehta, Ankita (2016-10-12). "Miss Earth 2016: 84 contestants walk in swimsuit; Rashi Yadav to represent India". International Business Times: www.ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 2020-12-26.

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