Kur­dish celebrity wants to take part in Miss Kur­dis­tan Pageant Show

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Dil­niya Ka­musi, an Ira­nian Kur­dish ac­tress, has re­cently ex­pressed her de­sire to take part in Miss Kur­dis­tan Pageant Show in 2013. She told Kur­dish me­dia out­lets that she is get­ting ready to par­tic­i­pate in the beauty pageant, not be­cause she wants to win the crown, but be­cause she wants to take part in this ‘new cul­tural phe­nom­e­non’. She said ‘I do be­lieve that I am pretty qual­i­fied to par­take in the coming beauty pageant, which will be most prob­a­bly held in the cap­i­tal of Er­bil”.

In 2012, the first Miss Kur­dis­tan pageant show was held on June 28 in Rotana Ho­tel. There were twelve par­tic­i­pants from South­ern Kur­dis­tan, and the show at­tracted na­tion­wide at­ten- tion. The com­pe­ti­tion was or­ga­nized by a Le­banese com­pany, and at­tended by diplo­mats, singers, ac­tors as well as gov­ern­men­tal of­fi­cials. Shene Aziz Ako, an 18-year-old from the city of Raniya, was the win­ner.

This was not the first pageant show in Kur­dis­tan be­cause in 1974 there were sim­i­lar lo­cal pageant shows within the city. And in the 1970s, Miss Iran was a Kur­dish woman from Ker­man­shah. There­fore, pageant shows are not a new cul­tural phe­nom­e­non, but rather ‘Miss Kur­dis­tan’ pageant show is new, which ide­ally rep­re­sents women from dif­fer­ent parts of Kur­dis­tan.

Ka­musi was born in 1992 in the Ira­nian Kur­dish city of Bokan. She is now liv- ing in the semi-au­tonomous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s sec­ond largest city of Su­laimaniyah. She has up to now par­tic­i­pated in 10 Kur­dish and Per­sian movies, and won sev­eral cin­ema awards as the best ac­tress.

In 2012, Miss Kur­dis­tan Pageant show was con­sis- tent with Kur­dish cul­ture and tra­di­tion be­cause the women wore tra­di­tional Kur­dish cloth­ing. The at­tire which they wore were dif- fer­ent from West­ern coun­tries where the par­tic­i­pants tend to wear Biki­nis or re­veal­ing clothes. Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is still con­ser­va­tive, and women con­se­quently face re­stric­tions. Although, the re­stric­tions are not sim­i­lar to the rest of Iraq where women are so­cially os­tra­cized for not veil­ing, or in some in­stances where they are sex­u­ally ha­rassed on the street if they don’t wear the so­cially ap­pro­pri­ated at­tire. In Kur­dis­tan, the re­stric­tions which ex­ist, and are con­tin­u­ing to ease, are on a dif­fer­ent level. At times it in­cludes the hours in which young girls go out or the so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that they are al­lowed to par­take in.

Dil­niya Ka­musi, an Ira­nian Kur­dish ac­tress

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