I think a woman becomes empowered when she knows herself, when she knows her values, and when she knows what she is capable of – Evlin Khalifa
A new photo-shoot of Bahrain’s Evlin Abdullah Khalifa, who won beauty contest of Miss Universe Bahrain 2022, was released the other day.
The Miss Universe organization unveiled the latest headshot of Miss Universe.
The twenty four-year-old Bahraini Russian model and pianist Evlin Abdullah-Khalifa was named this year’s Miss Universe Bahrain in September last.
She was chosen by a judging panel that included Egyptian actress Mai Omar, the Black Eyed Peas’ Jrey Soul, and influencer Faryal Makhdoom, among others.
Josh Yugen, director of Miss Universe Bahrain, said “Khalifa is a true standout in the headshot as she carries not only her beautiful face but also her values, and culture.”
In the headshot, the model poses wearing a sheer scarf with gold sequins, large hoop earrings and a bulky spider ring, Arab News reported.
A profile of Elvin Abdullah-Khalifa, now posted on the social media highlights on her background as a classically trained pianist and taekwondo black belter.
Elvin Abdullah dreams to see more positive Arab women representation in mainstream media to change the often negative stereotypes held about Arab culture by Western media.
“My main purpose in life is to find success and to believe in myself because I struggled a lot with this problem in my life. And I realized that whenever you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything. And I want to say to everybody watching to believe in themselves as well just as how me and my sisters believed in ourselves,” an emotional Abdullah-Khalifa had said in an interview with Arab News.
The glamorous Miss Universe Bahrain 2022 beauty pageant kicked off on Sept. 7 with a series of online episodes, with the final episode premiering on Sunday night to reveal the new beauty queen.
During the final Q&A segment, Abdullah-Khalifa was asked: “When do you think a woman becomes empowered?” Her winning answer captured the hearts of the jury “I think a woman becomes empowered when she knows herself, when she knows her values, and when she knows what she is capable of. An empowered woman is a role model of the people and whose actions lead to success. And I’m here to be that woman to lead all the people to success and believe in themselves.”
Born to a Bahraini father and Russian mother, the winner declares herself to be an advocate for education and also seeks to raise awareness about anorexia, which she suffers from.
When asked about her Miss Universe Bahrain 2022 experience, Abdullah-Khalifa said to Arab News, “Beauty pageants changed me a lot. In this short time, I have become a totally different person, a better version of myself.”
Courtesy: Arab News and other websites