Halima Aden, 19, is the first contestant to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
To be fair, I’m OK with hijabs if wearing it is a free will of a woman, which is questionable, but whatever. What I am not OK with is a girl wearing traditional Muslim clothes at a beauty pageant. What’s more, I am not OK with a girl wearing a giant Christian cross on her chest or any other religious symbol and dress. There is simply no place for religious symbols at beauty contests.
If you are religious you just do not belong there. If you are religious, follow the rules of your faith. I doubt that religions that encourage catwalking and showing yourself off even exist, and Islam is the last religion to let women be seen and promote their sexuality.
Faith is not about that. Faith is about modesty and humility. Both Islam and Christianity foster modesty which does not include excessive makeup and showing your body off to the jury. And it does not matter whether this body is covered with burkini or bikini.
What I oppose is mixing secular with religious. Being a beauty pageant contestant in hijab does not promote the religion or empower women of this faith, but it does degrade the religion itself.
And also it is overwhelming hypocrisy of the contestant. You want to live in a secular society and taking all the advantages it provides, including beauty pageants, but also you want to be seen as a decent Muslim in the sight of your coreligionists. Sorry, girl, you can not have your cake and eat it too.
What do you think about integration of religion into secular world? Do symbols of religion have a place in entertainment?