The Grand Finale of the Miss Muslimah World Competition, backstage the girls are anxious and exhausted on November 21st, 2014 in Yogakarta, Indonesia. Pictured Muss Tunisia, Fatma Ben Guefrache, and Primadhita Rahma, one of the Indonesian finalists.Miss Muslimah 2014 an award competition in Indonesia, which intends to be the opposite of a beauty pagent.
Al Jazeera America: High Heels and HijabsMiss Tunisia, Fatma Ben Guefrache, and Primadhita Rahma, one of the Indonesian finalists, backstage at the 2014 World Miss Muslimah Award on Nov. 21, 2014 in Yogakarta, Indonesia.Monique Jaques for Al Jazeera America
The Grand Finale of the Miss Muslimah World Competition, backstage the girls are anxious and exhausted on November 21st, 2014 in Yogakarta, Indonesia. Pictured Muss Tunisia, Fatma Ben Guefrache, and Primadhita Rahma, one of the Indonesian finalists.Miss Muslimah 2014 an award competition in Indonesia, which intends to be the opposite of a beauty pagent.
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Photojournalism Daily: Dec. 15, 2014

Dec 15, 2014

Today’s daily Photojournalism Links collection highlights Monique Jaques' work from the fourth annual World Muslimah Award in Indonesia. The award, informally known as Miss Muslimah, is seen as Islam’s answer to Miss World. Instead of bikini rounds, Miss Muslimah contestants take part in Koran recitals, Islamic shopping challenges and debates around approved fashion accessories, to find a personality that could serve as a role model for millions of Muslim women around the world. But as it turns out, it's not completely unlike traditional beauty pageants. There might be hijabs, but also high heels, tiaras and trophies. Jaques' photographs offer a fascinating look at the event, which strives to put piety over beauty.

Monique Jaques: High Heels and Hijabs (Al Jazeera America)

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