Saudi's Beauty Pageant: Veiled Ladies Judged on Their Ethics

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Saudi's Beauty Pageant: Veiled Ladies Judged on Their Ethics
Thu 18-10-2012

A beauty pageant has taken place in Saudi Arabia with actual women participating, a panel of judges, a winner, and 2 runners-up.

The 3rd annual Saudi "Miss Congeniality" contest, where the winning lady isn't crowned based on looks, measurements or physical beauty; but on her ethics.

This year, the pageant took place under the theme "my ethics, my identity" as the event took place on Monday at the grand King Abdullah Ballroom in the Eastern province of Qatif.

The winner, Maram Zaki Al-Saif, was chosen as the new Saudi "Queen of Ethics" after her notable piety apparently had a mesmerizing affect on the panel. In addition to the title, Mara Al-Saif was handed in an award worth approximately 10,000 Saudi Riyals.

At the same competition, Fatema Abdel Jaleel Al Abad, 17, from the Saudi region of Al-Ahsa was crowned first runner-up whilst Fatema Saeed Al Baik, 23, from Al Qatif was the second runner-up. In addition to a contestant’s ethics and good behavior, the competition’s executive director Khadra’a Al Mubarak said the electoral criteria focused on the participant’s charisma and theatrical performance, in addition to herself confidence and literacy.

The queen of ethics had to answer two main questions, initially directed to all five finalists.

The questions were: What will the title add to you if you were qualified? What will you add to the title in return? Maram Al-Saif said winning will encourage her to achieve her ambitions and goals, along with inspiring her compatriots to believe in their ability to form a change in the society as a whole.

She also noted that she aims to establish a vocational rehabilitation project for people with special needs that would help them find suitable job opportunities.