Ugly calls to beauty

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of Miss World Aus­tralia have been in­un­dated by dis­crim­i­na­tion com­plaints af­ter a Mus­lim woman was crowned the new ti­tle­holder.

Since crim­i­nal pro­filer and proud Mus­lim Esma Voloder, 25, was crowned Miss World Aus­tralia last Fri­day, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s of­fices have been bom­barded with hate­ful com­plaints, in­sist­ing she be re­placed.

Miss World Aus­tralia na­tional di­rec­tor Deb­o­rah Miller said she had fielded many calls that she de­scribed as “aw­ful” and “mean”. “We have had lots of calls, peo­ple say­ing ter­ri­ble things,” she said.

Voloder said she was sad­dened by the neg­a­tiv­ity, but she would not let the hate­ful com­ments af­fect her.

“In a way I for­give them ... I feel it comes from a lack of un­der­stand­ing. Life is too short to spread this neg­a­tiv­ity,” she said.

“There is a level of ig­no­rance ... I think it is about fear and pre­judg­ment. I am hop­ing to break down the bar­ri­ers by just be­ing me.”

Miss World Aus­tralia, Esma Voloder.

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