Here She Is… Miss Kurdistan!

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Kurdistan’s march towards modernization passed another milestone in the early hours of Friday morning when it crowned 18-year-old Shene Zaiz Ako the region’s first ever Miss Kurdistan.

Ako beat out 11 other contestants, all of whom were Iraqi Kurds living in Kurdistan or abroad. The pageant, held in the Grand Ballroom at Erbil’s five-star Rotana Hotel, emulated most aspects of international beauty contests, including different costume changes and interviews with the contestants, but notably absent was the customary swimsuit round.

Sent in by Norman, who remarks – well “it’s progress”