The Iranian Canadian Sahar Biniaz, was crowned Miss Universe Canada on Saturday!
The beauty queen is 26 years-old, was born in India and grew up in Iran, she became a Canadian citizen living in Vancouver, and was previously the first runner-up in Miss Universe Canada 2008.
Sahar Biniaz also works as an actress, will go on to compete in the International Miss Universe soon.
But Sahar is not the only Canadian from Middle Eastern origins to have participated in the contest.
Jordanian Canadian Majd Soudi
Lebanese Canadian Sofia Mukbil
and Syrian Canadian Maria Nahri were all in the contest!
That's not it! Al Arabiya reported:
"However, what put Canada in the international spotlight was the first transgendered female contestant to compete alongside 62 other beauty contestants on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1 blonde model, Jenna Talackova, created controversy at the event as the panel was set to reject her based on her transgender but retreated from their decision.
Talackova went on to win one of four “Miss Congeniality” titles in the contest. She was also selected as one of the Top 12 finalists."