Beauty Pagent 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
A high school senior was kicked out of the state religious school she studies at
in Gadera last week, after she took part in the “Miss Gedera and the surrounding
areas” beauty pageant.
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“Maayan,” who has requested anonymity, was told
last Thursday that she would not be allowed to return to her studies at the
religious high school – the day after she was crowned the new “Miss
Speaking to Army Radio on Tuesday, Maayan said her principal
told her last week that entering the pageant was “against the religious values
of the school and is not acceptable,” adding that she is no longer allowed to
study at the there.
The central branch of the education ministry said the
girl went against the regulations of the school, and the issue is being checked
by the state religious school’s authority.
Maayan told Army Radio that
the contest had no swimsuit portion, and that she maintained her modesty
throughout the competition.
“I made sure the whole time that it would be
modest and would not be too revealing, because I am a student at a religious
Maayan said that the school told her beforehand that she was not
allowed to take part in the pageant, but that she had already signed a contract
to appear at the competition before she asked for the school’s permission – and
could not back out.
Regardless of the consequences, Maayan said Tuesday
that the experience “was worth it, and a once in a lifetime thing.”
added that she was given many presents with her victory, and will be able to
represent the city of Gadera at events throughout the year.