Miss Middle East USA returns to Kurdistan to advocate for women


Zhala Tawfiq is lady from the Kurdistan Area. She was topped Miss Center East USA in Could 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 thought of working for Miss Kurdistan at some point. She goals to encourage different girls 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, through which Center Jap girls dwelling in the USA can take part as candidates for the crown of Miss Magnificence who’s elected after advancing by way of the rounds.

There have been experiences 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 slightly 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 will likely be elected on the finish of 2017. An Iraqi Assyrian lady gained the primary competitors, a Lebanese lady within the second, I used to be the third winner of the competitors. Greater than 100 girls had been candidates in 2016 after I gained the title. The candidates had been from all around the Center East. They had been largely from Iran, Turkey and Lebanon. Happily, I gained the crown.

What had been your tasks as Miss Center East USA?

I used to be largely busy with studying. I graduated from a pharmacy faculty in probably the most tough 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 girls and create alternatives to them to comprehend their desires.

You’ve gotten been within the Kurdistan Area for a while. What had been your tasks 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 kin 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 tasks 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 propose 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 will likely 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 tasks myself. That’s the reason I wish to proceed. 


Zhala Tawfiq poses after being topped. Photograph: zhalatawfiq_ IG