Somali-British Miss Universe Contestant Muna Jama Makes History By Rocking a Kaftan Instead of a Bikini

Muna Jama is the first pageant contestant in the Miss Universe Great Britain competition to rock a kaftan for the swimsuit round instead of a bikini.

The choice to forgo the bikini wasn’t anything out of the norm for the Somali-British model, especially since wearing one conflicts with her values as a Muslim woman. This choice not only is a step towards inclusivity in the pageant world, but also a moment to acknowledge the diverse ways women approach modesty in the Muslim community.

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To say Jama’s an inspiration for black Muslim women and girls like herself, is an understatement.

“I had no idea I was going to inspire anyone. I just wanted to stay true to myself and not do anything that I don’t do outside my normal life; to pretend, to be someone I’m not,” Jama says in an interview with Teen Vogue.

For more on her history-making decision, check out this video from AJ+ below.

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