Meet Nurul Shamsul, a Malaysian, who will be the first to don a hijab while competing on the Miss Universe New Zealand stage!
Nurul announced her place in the beauty competition’s finals in an emotional Instagram post published last month, she wrote in her post,
“Alhamdulillah! I’m so happy and excited to announce that I am in the finals for Miss Universe New Zealand!
“As a hijabi I will be the first in New Zealand to make it to the finals and one of the first in the world to ever do so.”
“I hope that this opportunity will help break boundaries and stereotypes. I also hope that together we can redefine the meaning of what beauty is.”
She wrote in another Instagram post,
“I prayed that if this opportunity is good for me and my religion, then I wanted God to let it happen. If it wasn’t, then I wanted Him to turn me away from it.”
The 20-year-old beauty queen is born in Ampang and raised in New Zealand by her Malaysian father and Indonesian mother since she was five years old.
According to NST, the lass, who is a published poet is currently studying Psychology at the University of Waikato in the country’s North Island.
Despite growing up in Morrinsville, New Zealand, Nurul revealed that she has always been proud of her Malaysian roots. She wrote in another Instagram post,
“It is important to always know who you are and where you come from. Stick to your culture and your traditions because it’s such a shame when people assimilate to fit in. Be proud of all that you are.”
Although Nurul is not the first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in a Miss Universe pageant, she creates history as the first Malaysian to do so! We’re proud of you, Nurul!
As reported by Juice Online, Somali-British Muna Jama and Somali-American Halima Aden donned headscarves in Miss Universe Great Britain and Miss Minnesota USA respectively.
For your information, the finals for Miss Universe New Zealand 2018 will be held on August 4 at SKYCITY Theatre. If you would like to vote for Nurul, votes can be bought on iTicket.
Congratulations and good luck, Nurul! We, Malaysians will be rooting for you! Make us proud!
Watch Miss Universe NZ’s video of Nurul Shamsul below!