Shanna is one bad mutha-shagger, congratulations!
Shanna Bukhari gets some pretty nasty messages through Facebook, she says. They call her a “dirty Muslim.” They say England is a “white nationality country” and she shouldn’t be allowed to represent it.
But that’s just what she hopes to do at the Miss Universe beauty contest this year. If the Manchester, England-based fashion model wins the British contest next month, Bukhari will become the first Muslim to represent Britain at the international contest.
The idea isn’t going down well with everyone – Bukhari says she has gotten hate mail from across the board.
“I’ve had racists, I’ve had a minority from Muslim community, I’ve had it from all religions and all communities that dislike what I’m doing,” she said.
The most upsetting messages, she said, are video links suggesting she should be murdered.
Since she started getting threats, she has made a point of never being alone, and a private security firm guards her when she appears at charity events, she said.
Although some Muslims are vehemently against this, not everyone who opposes her decision is hateful.
“As much as I may oppose the way a certain person dresses, I think it’s important that people should have the right to dress the way they want to dress,” said Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Manchester-based Muslim youth organization working to build cross-community understanding.
But, although he says Shanna Bukhari may have a right to enter a beauty contest he says she should not.
“Islam is very clear that women should dress in a modest way and guard their modesty, and certainly as a liberal Muslim myself, I do believe that she should do just that.”
He objects to pageants “where women have to be paraded and idolized as sexual objects,” and dismisses the argument that pageant winners do a lot of charity work.
“You can promote peace without having the title Mrs Universe or Mrs UK for that matter,” he said.
Despite his objections to beauty contests, Shafiq says he bears Bukhari no ill will.
“I totally condemn the death threats she may have received and the hate mail she may have received,” he said. “I’ve opposed her but it doesn’t mean I’m full of hatred and I wish her well.”
How do you feel about the criticism and hate that Shanna has recieved since being chosen to rep the UK??
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