Hammasa Kohistani became the first ever Muslim girl to win Miss
England beauty contest.
Hammasa was not born in England, she is an ethnic Afghan who's
parents fled Afghanistan war and spent her childhood in
Uzbekistan. They subsequently moved to England here Hammasa began
her new life.
Hammasa speaks six languages including Russian, her native Dari
In August 2005 She caused a controversy among the Islamic
community in England by entering the beauty contest.
And despite the
criticism she beat 39 stunning girls at the glitzy two day event
at Liverpool's Olympia last weekend.
With pressure from the community to pull out, she stayed the
course with the encouragement of her parents to ultimate success
Hammasa told the Gurdian news: "I never even considered pulling
out. Iím not going to let someone else dictate my life.
"My parents were all for it and I was happy and that is the most
"I donít think anyone has the right to tell me what to do because
I donít tell them what to do. Everyone is entitled to their
"I will accept theirs so they should accept mine. I didnít do
"My mother came from a background that oppressed women for
decades. It made me realize that girls and women who have the
chance to make their voices heard should make the most of the
"It is great to have been given the chance to have my voice heard
in a society such as Britain.
"Britain is a great country and it is one of the most powerful
nations in the world.
is a really unbelievable achievement for me."
"We moved away from Afghanistan after the war broke out for our
"I wasnít aware of the severity of the problems at the time. It
was only when I moved back here when I was eight that I look back
at the situation and I think wow: ĎThat was then and this is now.í
"So much has changed since then. Iím so lucky to be in England
"My win has shown how accepting Britain has become. Letting ethnic
girls represent England in Miss World is a great thing.
"Iím so proud. In fact proud just isnít even the word. I just
canít even tell you how happy I am. Making history is always a
"My family are really proud of me too. They are looking forward to
coming to China with me to Miss World. They have been so
"I wasnít that shocked at winning because I had as much of a
chance as any of the girls, but still you never think that kind of
thing is going to happen to you.
"I actually was reading my horoscopes in Mystic Meg in The Sun
last month and it said my life would dramatically change.
"At the time I didnít think much of it but now Iím thinking maybe
she is good at predicting the future!
"She was definitely right! My life is crazy right now."
As well as a place at the Miss World Final in China in December,
Hammasaís film-star looks have also earned her a star role in a
top Bollywood movie.
"Yes it is very exciting. Iím going to be a guest star in a
Bollywood movie," Hammasa said.
"I am going to work with top Bollywood actors. That is all I know
so far. A date hasnít been confirmed yet.
"I canít believe how my life has changed so suddenly. I'm meant to
be going back to college tomorrow but I think I'll have to take a
gap year because otherwise I'll get chucked out for my low
"Last week I was just an ordinary girl. Now everyone wants to talk
to me. What will happen to me if I get lucky at Miss World and
somehow win? I just canít imagine.Ē
Hammasa will be participating in the Miss World contest in
∑Experienced and dedicated model and student with highly developed
outcome of 11 GCSES Grades A* - C.
∑ Ability to speak fluently Russian and Persian fluently as well
∑GAP kids Summer Campaign ∑Worked in Business Information Centre
Magazine, 3 Issues ∑Asiana Magazine Front Cover Autumn 2004 + 4
∑The Bridal Look Book
∑A Beauty Campaign
∑The Lifestyle Show - A three day live catwalk for an audience of
over a thousand people.
I have done professional modeling for the last three years. I also
have a passion in dance and am interested in advertise design. I
have done professional dancing for three years consisting a hybrid
of hip-hop, r'n'b and belly dancing.
Lastly I have hosted a show for two evenings with an audience of
600 people. .
My ambition is to travel the world. I have had the opportunity to
have visited over 25 countries and would love to be able to
continue seeing the different cultures and customs of The World.
My aim is to make a difference and have my voice heard. I would be
honored to represent England in The Miss World competition, it
would be an experience of a lifetime.
Most Importantly- I would like to make my parents proud because
family means the world to me.