Miss Middle East USA returns to Kurdistan to advocate for women


Zhala Tawfiq is girl from the Kurdistan Area. She was topped Miss Center East USA in Might of 2016. Throughout her reign, she has used the platform to do charity work within the Kurdistan and pay her tributes within the Garmian space.
She now lives Los Angeles in the USA, however spoke with Rudaw’s Darbaz Younis on a go to to Erbil. Tofiq immigrated from Sulaimani in 2000. The pharmacy graduate is open to the concept of working for Miss Kurdistan at some point. She goals to encourage different ladies from Kurdistan and the Center East to comprehend their desires.

Rudaw: What’s Miss Center East USA? Who runs it?

Zhalla Tofiq: Miss Center East USA is an annual occasion run by an American group, during which Center Japanese ladies dwelling in the USA can take part as candidates for the crown of Miss Magnificence who’s elected after advancing via the rounds.

There have been studies of a disagreement between you and the competition’s organizers. Are you able to speak about that?

I used to be topped and am nonetheless the queen. I’ve already served a 12 months and I’ve handed that. That’s the way it works in magnificence pageants. There was a bit little bit of dispute happening between us … so we’re in a authorized battle.

Who’re earlier Miss Beauties of the previous pageant? Who had been the opposite candidates?

The pageant has been happening for 3 years. The fourth Miss Center East USA can be elected on the finish of 2017. An Iraqi Assyrian girl gained the primary competitors, a Lebanese girl within the second, I used to be the third winner of the competitors. Greater than 100 ladies had been candidates in 2016 after I gained the title. The candidates had been from everywhere in the Center East. They had been largely from Iran, Turkey and Lebanon. Fortuitously, I gained the crown.

What had been your initiatives as Miss Center East USA?

I used to be largely busy with studying. I graduated from a pharmacy faculty in one of the troublesome US universities. I participated in most conferences held there, particularly those discussing the rights of girls. I’ve been attempting to encourage Kurdish and Center East ladies and create alternatives to them to comprehend their desires.

You might have been within the Kurdistan Area for a while. What had been your initiatives right here?


I engaged in tons of charity work. I visited the most cancers hospital and gave presents to youngsters. I additionally participated in marking the rebellion [while in] Garmian. I didn’t even have time to see my family members due to my work.


How is your relation with Miss Kurdistan Zhalia Sirwan?

I’ve good relations together with her. I wish to thank her from right here. She deserves her crown. She allowed me to contribute to her initiatives after I was in Kurdistan with out even me asking her for that.

Why didn’t you take part as a candidate in Miss Kurdistan?

I wasn’t in Kurdistan on the time.

Do you plan to run for Miss Kurdistan sooner or later?

I don’t know that. However why not? If there’s a good probability, then why not. I believe it’s higher to be your nation’s Miss Magnificence. I wish to run for that crown.

A brand new Miss Center East USA can be topped quickly, what are your plans after that?

I wish to proceed my charity work after my crown expires. I don’t wish to cease. Miss Center East USA made me recognized in the USA. However I constructed relations and did my initiatives myself. That’s the reason I wish to proceed. 


Zhala Tawfiq poses after being topped. Picture: zhalatawfiq_ IG