Iraqi Beauty Pageants

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Miss Iraq
Formation 1972
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Baghdad
Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss Earth
Official language
A. Laith Salman

Miss Iraq is a national Beauty pageant responsible selecting an ambassador of Iraq.


The Miss Iraq has been founded in 1972 when 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 whic 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 Al-Mada Foundation for Media, Arts & Culture.[3]

National franchise holders[edit]

The Miss Iraq plans to return and debut to some International pageants like Miss Universe. Recently, Miss Iraq has been signed up to participate at the Miss Earth by the second Runner-up of 2016, Miss Iraq pageant.[4]


Year Miss Iraq Governorate Notes
2016 Shaymaa Qasim Abdulrahman[5] Kirkuk
1972 Wijdan Sulyman Baghdad The first Miss Iraq in Miss Universe history


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