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First Miss Universe Pakistan faces wrath of Anwar-Ul-Kakar government

Erica Robin was crowned Miss Universe Pakistan last Thursday.

Erica Robin, the 24-year-old who won the inaugural Miss Universe Pakistan pageant held in Maldives, is coming under fire in her home country. From religious leaders to the interim prime minister, everyone has criticized the pageant and Robin’s participation, casting doubt on her participation in the Miss Universe world pageant to be held in El Salvador in November, according to a report from Independent. Erica Robin She competed against Hira Inam (24), Jessica Wilson (28), Malika Alvi (19) and Sabrina Wasim (26) for the title and was crowned last Thursday.

Outrage in Pakistan

Religious leaders in deeply conservative Pakistan said the event was an insult to Pakistan. Taqi Usmani, an Islamic scholar, demanded that the government take action against the pageant organizers. He also wants to dispel the idea that Robin “represented Pakistan”.

On X (formerly Twitter), politician Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said: “Who are the organizers of this beauty pageant in Pakistan? Who is committing this shameful act?”

According to him Independent reportActing Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has asked the country’s intelligence agency to launch an investigation against the organizers and how they could hold the pageant without the country’s approval over the use of their name.

Kakar called the holding of the parade in Maldives a “shameful act” and an “insult and exploitation of the women of Pakistan.”

What Erica Robin said

Speaking about the beauty pageant, the 24-year-old said Voice of America that she felt a lot of responsibility on her shoulders as she believed that it would be the first time that Pakistan would have a participant in the Miss Universe world pageant.

“However, I will not do anything that could damage the country’s reputation,” he added.

After winning the contest, Ms Robin, a Christian, said in an Instagram post that she felt honoured. “We have a beautiful culture that the media does not talk about, the Pakistani people are very generous, kind and hospitable. Besides that, I would like to invite everyone to visit my country and try the most sumptuous Pakistani cuisines and explore our charming nature, our snow-capped mountains, our green spaces and our progressive landscapes.”

Who are the organizers?

The beauty pageant was organized by Dubai-based agency Yugen Group. In March it published an advertisement inviting applications from Pakistani women. The agency also owns the Miss Universe Bahrain and Miss Universe Egypt franchises, according to Independent.

Ms Robin, a professional model, applied along with hundreds of other professionals. She made it to the top 10 contestants and then the top 5.

Speaking about the pageant, Josh Yugen, founder of Yugen Group, said The National: “We want to localize our focus without changing the dynamics of the Miss Universe brand. We will continue to showcase Pakistani women who are extremely confident and who are the epitome of dream-turning-reality stories.”

Who is Erica Robin?

Ms. Robin was born on September 14, 1999 in Karachi. She did her schooling from St Patrick’s Girls’ High School and then went to Government College of Commerce and Business Administration in Chandigarh.

Robin started her professional modeling career in January 2020 and was featured in the July 2020 issue of DIVA Pakistan magazine. She revealed in an interview that she once caught the attention of model and actor Vaneeza Ahmed, who took her into modeling.

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