Australia (Web Desk): Recently crowned Miss World Australia Esma Voloder has fired back at “hurtful” people who claim the Muslim woman does not represent our nation, saying: “Life if too short for negativity”.
The 25-year-old said yesterday, “I forgive them ... I feel it comes from a lack of understanding.”
She said, “I am hoping to break down the barriers by just being me.”
While talking to international media, Miss World Australia national director Deborah Miller told that since Ms Voloder was crowned last Friday, the organisation had fielded many “awful and mean” calls demanding she be replaced.
Ms Miller said, “We have had lots of calls, people saying terrible things.”
She said, “People have said: ‘How did you let a Muslim win?’. We believe Esma is a strong woman and represents a multicultural Australia.”
“Many people fall into a trap of believing what they are told” but they would not detract her from trying to win the global Miss World title, Ms Voloder said.