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

Muna Jama has felt all the love since she made the decision to wear a kaftan during the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe Great Britian competition.

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.

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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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.