Road to Miss Universe 2013: Shaila Sabt was nominated as Miss Bahrain 2013 and will represent the country in the upcoming Miss Universe 2013 beauty pageant. With this nomination, Shaila Sabt is the first Arab Gulf woman to be nominated for Miss Universe.
She becomes first Arab Gulf women to take part in the largest beauty pageant in the world.
Shaila Sabt, Miss Bahrain 2013
In an interview with Elaph website, which reported the news, Shaila Sabt called for all fans in the Gulf and the Arab World to support and vote for her. Born in 1990, Sabt has solidified her career in modeling in the Middle East and now takes her beauty to the world stage. Sabt was previously crowned as “Bahrain’s Top Model 2010” during a six-month-long event where an audience voted for who they wanted to be crowned the top model.
However, Sabt isn’t just a beauty. She has a bachelor degree in Human resources, even though she has previously expressed in an interview with Khaleejesque, a Gulf fashion website that her main dream is to become an international model that represents her country.
There have been other Arab nominees for International beauty pageants. In 2012, Lebanese-Australian beauty Jessica Kahawaty won third place in the Miss World 2012 competition, as a representative of Australia.
It was not Kahawaty’s first bid in beauty contests; she participated in the 2008 Miss Lebanon Emigrant and also competed for Miss Lebanon 2010.
Among other beauty contestants with Lebanese heritage, Rima Fakih won the 2010 Miss USA title, becoming the first Arab-American and the first Muslim to win that title.
Courtesy of alarabiya.net, Elaph.