Sara Iftekhar, a law student from Huddersfield, is one of 50 contestants in the final stages of the Miss England beauty contest. She is also the first Muslim woman wearing a hijab in the final.
Earlier this year, Maria, another Muslim contestant wearing a headscarf, was the first Muslim contestant to enter the competition but Sara, 20, is the first to get this far in the elimination rounds.
According to Metro News, she will walk down the catwalk at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire next week, when the winner is decided.
After winning the Miss Huddersfield 2018 and Miss Yorkshire Popularity 2018 contests, Sara has her eyes set on the Miss England title, the woman from the UK who will go on to represent the nation in Miss World.
‘‘Wow, I can’t even comprehend how amazing it felt for my name to be announced as a finalist in the Miss England Finals 2018,’ she told her Instagram followers. ‘It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget. The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of, and will forever be grateful for.’