‘Cover modelling industry too’

(The Sun) – The organiser of the Miss Malaysia World 2013 pageant, which saw the exit of four Muslim contestants, feels that the fatwa that prevented their participation should apply equally to the modelling industry.

Datuk Anna Lim told the theSun today that fashion modelling and beauty pageants are on the same court of presentation.

“As I am not a Muslim, I would not like to comment on the fatwa itself but fashion modelling and beauty pageants are similar and the same rules should apply,” she said.

Lim said the four contestants who had been disqualified have been invited as guests for the final event on Friday at the Corus Hotel.

“They have not been involved with the pageant in any way,” she said when asked to comment on a statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom that the National Fatwa Council will address the issue of Muslim women in the modelling industry later.

Miera Sheikh, one of the four girls disqualified from the competition, said she will be at the finals as she wishes to support “my friends”. She said she wants to develop her career as a model while keeping to religious sentiments and law.