She has reportedly received a threatening phone call from Isis – demanding she join their ranks or be kidnapped.
Shaymaa was escorted to the Minister's office by a delegation which consisted of the Deputy Minister of Culture of Iraq, Fawzi Al-Atroshi, members of Iraqi Fashion House and organizers of Miss Iraq. The Ministry recognized the importance of the national beauty pageant after the wide media coverage the event received and hence, invited the reigning Miss Iraq for a meeting with the honourable Minister.
Deputy Minister Atroshi, formally opened the meeting with a declaration of the adoption of the Miss Iraq contest and its winner Shaymaa Qasim. The deputy Minister stated that the national beauty pageant was earlier granted the license of the intellectual property in addition to the support of the ministry so to push the winner forward in these challenging times.
Will she compete in Miss World or Miss Universe ?
Minister Rwandzi insisted that beauty is not just that of the face and body but is also reflected in humanist actions. He stated that Miss Iraq will be assigned activities in the Ministry to help promote their projects. The Ministry also expressed its commitment to fully support Iraq's participation in Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.
The honourable Minister commended the audacity of Miss Iraq and the organizers for holding the event in such difficult circumstances despite numerous threats by extremist elements, noting that such events are much needed to spread a culture of peace in order to reflect a new image of Iraq from what has been shattered by years of war and terrorism of ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Miss Iraq Shaymaa Qasim expressed her happiness and was pleased with this meeting and the support she has received from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities of Iraq.
Earlier this month, the new Miss Iraq was hosted by the Iraqi House of Culture and Kurdish Publication at the Ministry where she participated in a press conference and toured the new Kurdish section at the Iraqi House of Fashion.
Miss Iraq 2015 begins her year of activities
The first assignment by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities to Miss Iraq was with the Department of Cultural Relations. Shaymaa accompanied Mr. Falah Al-Ani, director general of Cultural Relations at the Ministry, for a visit to the southern governorate of Maysan where she spent a day with the children at the Abdul Ali Boys School in the city of Amarah and presented a prize for an international children's drawing contest to one of the students on behalf of the UNICEF.
20 year old Kurdish beauty from Kirkuk, Shaymaa Qasim Abdulrahman, was crowned MISS IRAQ 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Ishtar Hotel in Baghdad on 19th December 2015.
The national beauty pageant was televised for the first time ever in Iraq on Al-Mada TV with a delayed broadcast on 24th December. The event marked the return of Iraq's national beauty pageant for the first time since 1972.
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