On December 18, next Sunday, 14 young ladies will compete in Israel’s Arab Beauty Queen pageant, which will be held for the first time since the eruption of the second intifada in 2000.
This year’s contest, which will be held at the Haifa Auditorium and is sponsored by the Arabic weekly Kul al-Arab, will feature 18-year-old Lada Abu-Salach, the first-ever Druze to participate in the event.
Abu-Salach, who hails from Majdel Shams in the north, is a high school student who enjoys belly dancing and manages a restaurant in her spare time.
Her participation in the pageant has drawn some unfavorable reactions from Druze community leaders, and it will be interesting to see their responses if she comes home with the coveted crown.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event. The winner will receive a USD 10,000 prize.
Photos of the beauties can be viewed on a special website launched by Kul al-Arab ahead of the pageant. People at home will be able to vote for their favorite contestant online.
The disappointed runner-ups should keep in mind that Israel’s 1999 Miss Israel Rana Raslan finished only third in the Arab sector pageant just two years earlier.