Shaymaa Abdelrahman, a 20-year-old woman from Kirkuk was chosen as Miss Iraq in the first national pageant in over four decades. The final had to be moved from Basra to Baghdad after threats from conservative Muslims. Eight contenders competed for the crown and a chance to represent Iraq in the Miss Universe contest. Organizers tried to stick to the criteria of the international event, but made concessions to cultural sensitivities.
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