Iraqi model and beauty pageant winner Sarah Abdali Idan will be representing her country at the Miss Universe pageant this year in Las Vegas.
Idan, 27, was born and raised in Baghdad. Here’s what you should know about her:
1. She Is the First Iraqi Model to Participate in the Miss Universe Pageant in 45 Years
2. She Is a Musician and Songwriter
Idan is a musician and writes songs. “It’s been my passion since I was a child.”
3. A Recent Instagram Selfie with Miss Israel Sparked Controversy
Unfortunately, Idan’s experience at the Miss Universe pageant got off to a rocky start. She faced controversy after posting a selfie with Miss Israel.
On November 13, Idan posted an Instagram pic with her fellow competitor, Miss Israel’s Adar Gandelsman. The caption read, “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel ❤️❤️💕💕 #missuniverse.” As the two countries are still at war, the photo sparked a slew of negative comments.
4. She Has Served with Both the US and Iraq Armies
Idan says she has served with both the US and Iraq armies. Reflecting on the experience, the pageant queen says, “It made me grow up. It made me a better person. I’m honored that I had this opportunity.”