Saudi Arabia has crowned a new “Queen of Beautiful Morals.” The winner was Aya Ali al-Mulla — just in case you had any money riding on it.
A country that sentences women to 200 lashes for the crime of being raped holding a “morals” contest seems a bit absurd, but it does happen nonetheless — and all without any contestant showing her face (or anything else):
Saudi beauty queen Aya Ali al-Mulla trounced 274 rivals to win a crown, jewellery, cash and a trip to Malaysia, and all without showing her face, Saudi media reported on Friday.
With her face and body completely covered by the black head-to-toe abaya mandatory in the conservative Muslim kingdom, 18-year-old Mullah was named “Queen of Beautiful Morals” late on Thursday, newspapers said.
There was none of the swimsuit and evening gown competitions and heavy media coverage of beauty pageants elsewhere when the contest was decided in the eastern city of Safwa.
Instead, the winner and the two runner-up princesses had to undergo a three-month test of their dutifulness to their parents and family, and their service to society.
Yeah, but did any of the judges ask about her opinion on gay marriage?