PAK! After 45 years of absence, nagbabalik ang Iraq sa Miss Universe stage. Dapat noong Miss Universe 2016 pageant pa sila mag-participate sa Miss Universe pageant kaso hindi na sila tumuloy dahil sa mga natatanggap na death threats ng kanilang reigning queen. Unfortunately, nakakatanggap din ng death threats si baby girl dahil sa pagrampa niya sa preliminary swimsuit competition ng naka two-piece. We all know that Iraq is a Muslim country and I hope they will still support her despite of everything. Let's not spread hate and spread love. Good luck baby girl and love love love 🙏 ~
Meet Sarah Idan, the newly appointed Miss Universe Iraq 2017. She was appointed by the Miss Iraq organization because of an open casting was held due to the original winner of the pageant was dethroned because of some allegations that she was married. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss Iraq 2015, Shayma Qasim at the official headquarters of Miss Iraq organization in Al-Qādisiyyah, Iraq.
Iraq's last delegate at the Miss Universe pageant was when Wijdan Burhan El-Deen Sulyman competed at the Miss Universe 1972 pageant held in Dorado, Puerto Rico but unfortunately, she was unplaced.
Sarah is now in Las Vegas, Nevada to represent Iraq at the Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held at the AXIS Theater of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26.