Saudi Arabia Joins Miss Universe For The First Time

Rumy Alqahtani, a celebrated model and influencer would represent the country in Miss Universe 2024.

In a groundbreaking move, Saudi Arabia is set to make its debut appearance at the prestigious Miss Universe competition, marking a significant stride towards modernity and inclusivity in the kingdom. Rumy Alqahtani, a celebrated model and influencer hailing from Riyadh, would be representing the nation on the global stage of beauty and grace.

Born and raised in the heart of Saudi Arabia, Rumy’s journey to the Miss Universe platform is emblematic of the kingdom’s evolving stance on fashion, entertainment, and cultural representation. With a string of victories in beauty pageants, including Saudi Arabia, Miss Middle East, Miss Arab World Peace, and Miss Woman (Saudi Arabia), Rumy’s credentials speak volumes of her talent and poise.

At 27-years-old model, shared an image on her Instagram, holding the flag of her country with the Miss Universe Saudi Arabia sash, adorned in a resplendent sequin ballgown, Rumy stands as a beacon of empowerment and progress for Saudi women everywhere.

Rumy Alqahtani - Miss Universe participant
Rumy Alqahtani – Miss Universe participant

She expressed her profound honour at representing her homeland on the esteemed Miss Universe platform.

“I am honored to participate in the Miss Universe 2024 competition. This is the debut of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the competition,” she declared, echoing the sentiments of a nation on the brink of cultural renaissance.

Saudi Arabia’s foray into the world of fashion and modelling comes amidst sweeping reforms initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aimed at liberalizing social norms and fostering a more inclusive society. Fashion shows and entertainment events, once considered taboo, are now becoming integral parts of the Saudi cultural landscape, signalling a departure from decades of stringent conservatism.

While the kingdom’s participation in Miss Universe may be hailed as a progressive step towards global integration, it has not been without its share of controversy. Critics, particularly from conservative circles, argue that such endeavours undermine the sanctity of Saudi Arabia as the custodian of Islam’s holiest sites. The clash between tradition and modernity continues to spark debates within the kingdom and beyond.

Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia’s decision to join the Miss Universe fraternity underscores its determination to engage with the world on its own terms. As other Arab nations, including Lebanon and Bahrain, have embraced the pageant’s platform for cultural exchange and celebration, Saudi Arabia too seeks to carve its place on the international stage.

Saudi Arabia may have arrived late to the Miss Universe party, but its presence promises to be nothing short of transformative. Audiences eagerly anticipate whether Rumy will successfully navigate the delicate balance between global beauty and fashion norms and the cultural sensitivities of her homeland.