Miss England contestant wears a wetsuit to ‘stay true to Muslim background’

The 21-year-old posted the images of herself on Facebook wearing the wetsuit. (Shutterstock)
Updated 17 July 2019

Miss England contestant wears a wetsuit to ‘stay true to Muslim background’

DUBAI: Miss England contestant Aysha Khan took to social media recently to explain why she chose to wear a wetsuit in the optional swimsuit portion of the competition.

Khan, 21, from Lancashire posted the images of herself on Facebook wearing the wetsuit.

“I decided to enter the round this year, however I wanted to push forward the message that swimwear doesn’t necessarily mean a bikini,” the Education Studies student wrote. “Empowerment can be felt in many different ways and can be promoted in many different ways. Some women may feel more confident showing more skin and some women feel more confident showing less – the message being; empowerment is a personal feeling, and not wearing a bikini does not mean I am not confident about my body,” she captioned the post.

The contestant decided to take part in the optional round on her own terms, telling the Lancashire Telegraph, “This round is completely optional, and I didn’t want to miss out, so I submitted a photo in a surf suit. I wanted to show a different take on swimwear, and that you don’t have to wear a bikini to go to the beach.

 “I think other girls can see this and realize that they can do the same. Particularly because of my background, being Muslim too, I wanted to stay true to myself,” she added.

The pageant’s winner will be crowned on August 1.


Image Nation celebrates rising filmmaking stars at Arab Film Studio 2019 Awards

Arab Film Studio is now in its eighth year. (Supplied)
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Image Nation celebrates rising filmmaking stars at Arab Film Studio 2019 Awards

  • Image Nation Abu Dhabi has named Mansour Ahmed, Mildred Garcerant and Amer Al-Mahri as the 2019 winners of Arab Film Studio Awards
  • Arab Film Studio offers programs in narrative, documentary, scriptwriting, storytelling and corporate film

DUBAI: The UAE’s film and entertainment company Image Nation Abu Dhabi has named Mansour Ahmed, Mildred Garcerant and Amer Al-Mahri as the 2019 winners of Arab Film Studio Awards, part of its flagship training program for aspiring filmmakers. 

Now in its eighth year, Arab Film Studio offers programs in narrative, documentary, scriptwriting, storytelling and corporate film as well as a special summer program for high school students.

Amer Al-Mahri won the Best Script award. (Supplied)

The award for Best Script was given to “Run Salem Run” by Al-Mahri, who won around $27,000 to bring his script to life.

“I always say I want to see my characters come to life, so I’d like to thank Image Nation for opening the door and giving all of us in the scriptwriting program this opportunity to make our dreams come true,” Al-Mahri said in a released statement. 

Mansour Ahmed was awarded Best Narrative Short Film for “Asli.” (Supplied)

Ahmed was awarded Best Narrative Short Film for “Asli,” which follows an Emirati marriage detective who investigates a potential bridegroom with surprising results. 

Garcerant won Best Documentary Short Film for “In the Shadows,” which recreates the family situation when one member is detained for twenty-five days in a six-square meter cell with other people. 

Mildred Garcerant won Best Documentary Short Film for “In the Shadows.” (Supplied)

Both Ahmed and Garcerant won an internship with Image Nation, where they will develop their filmmaking skills by working on the company’s upcoming projects.