Mariyah Moten, the first woman to represent Pakistan in the Miss Bikini Universe competition
Mariyah Moten, 22, a woman of Pakistani origin had sparked country wide criticisms in her native country of Pakistan. She had won the 'Best in Media' title for being the most photographed and interviewed participator to take part at the pageant in the Chinese resort of Beihai in southern China at the "Miss Bikini Universe 2006". The winner had claimed to represent her home country of Pakistan.
She said "It's the first time that Pakistan is participating in the bikini pageant, as we're an Islamic country".
The Pakistani girl from Houston was among the 47 other contestants aged between 18 and 25 who showed off their bodies in bikinis at the Great Hall of The People.
However the authorities and government officials and spokesman in Pakistan have denied that she had the go ahead and represent Pakistan.
She was been born and raised in the Karachi City of Pakistan till the age of 14 and then moved to the United States. According the Culture minister of Pakistan she had brought shame to his country.
The minister had further added "We have asked our missions in Washington and Beijing to investigate this because it is against our policy, culture and religion".
Interestingly some of the Pakistani community in the USA had welcomed the idea even though there are no Miss Pakistan contests.
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