20 year-old Nurul Shamsul, a New Zealand-based student of Malaysian and Indonesian heritage, has made it to the finals of Miss Universe New Zealand!
As if it isn’t impressive enough, she’ll also be the first hijabi to do so!
“As a hijabi, I’ll be the first in New Zealand to make it to the finals and one of the first in the world to ever do so. I hope this opportunity will help break boundaries and stereotypes. I also hope that together we can redefine the meaning of what beauty is,” she said on her Instagram.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Nurul was shortlisted as the beauty pageant’s Top 20 finalists. Despite being born there, the young beauty has not forgotten her roots and said that it’s important to always know who you are and where you come from.
“Be proud of all that you are. From my own experiences, what I love about New Zealand is that people are more accepting of different cultures and ethnicities. This is what makes New Zealand unique—all the different cultures we have. So don’t be afraid to embrace who you are and don’t forget about your roots.”
“I hope that this opportunity will help break boundaries and stereotypes. I also hope that together we can redefine the meaning of what beauty is,” she said.
The finals for this year’s edition of Miss Universe New Zealand will be held on 4 August. We wish Nurul all the best. Strut it, girl!