Nigerian Crowned Queen in Muslim-Only Beauty Pageant

The newly crowned Muslimah World 2013 Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (C) of Nigeria speaks to the audience during the Muslimah World competition in Jakarta on September 18, 2013. The finale of a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women was set to take place in the Indonesian capital on September 18, in a riposte to the Miss World contest in Bali that has drawn fierce opposition from Islamic radicals.  AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY        (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigerian Crowned Queen in Muslim-Only Beauty Pageant

Nigerian Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola, 21, won the title of Miss Muslim 2013 at this year's Muslimah World beauty pageant.

Published September 19, 2013

Nigerian contestant Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola took home the crown at this year's World Muslimah, a beauty pageant for Muslims started in 2010 in response to the Miss World contest.

After several days of events, including an Islamic fashion show, the 21-year-old beat out 20 finalists from Bangladesh, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria and Brunei, who were selected from more than 500 online applicants.

All contestants were required to wear their hijabs.

"We're just trying to show the world that Islam is beautiful," Ajibola told AFP. "We are free and the hijab is our pride."

She was awarded a cash prize worth $2,200 and trips to India and Mecca.

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(Photo: ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Patrice Peck


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