GADIS berusia 20 tahun, Nurul Shamsul mencipta sejarah apabila menjadi wanita Melayu (berhijab) menyertai pertandingan Miss Universe New Zealand.

Nurul yang berketurunan Melayu Malaysia dan Indonesia, dilahir dan dibesarkan di New Zealand. Beliau yang menerima pendidikan di Universiti Waikato berjaya menempatkan diri dalam kelompok 20 terbaik untuk wilayah Kiwi sebelum terpilih untuk ke pusingan akhir.

Menerusi perkongsiannya di instagram, Nurul menjelaskan bahawa peluang yang diberi kepadanya itu diharapkan akan membantu menukar pandangan dan stereotaip dunia terhadap wanita muslim berhijab, sekali gus memperhalusi erti kecantikan sebenar.

A month ago I was announced as a finalist for Miss Universe New Zealand. I remember the feelings I had before and after the announcement. I prayed that if this opportunity is good for me and my religion, then I wanted God to let it happen. If it wasn’t, then I wanted Him to turn me away from it. Now a couple weeks into the journey and I can tell you that it hasn’t always been easy. But in saying that, I’ve already grown so much as a person. Just never give up. It’s all about trusting that everything will be okay because He knows better. Alhamdulillah, I’m also super grateful for all the love and support so far. I hope that my intentions will always be kept pure and I will try my absolute best to fulfil them, insyaAllah. Also, don’t forget to vote for me, link is in bio. 💖 #missuniverse #missuniversenewzealand #roadtomissuniverse #journeytomissuniverse

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Sebelum Nurul, Muna Jama yang menyertai Miss Universe Great Britain dan Halima Aden (Miss Minnesota USA) juga pernah mencipta rekod pertandingan ratu cantik apabila muncul sebagai peserta berhijab.

Pusingan akhir Miss Universe New Zealand akan berlangsung pada 4 Ogos depan.

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