Battlepanda: There she goes...Miss Iraq


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

There she goes...Miss Iraq

AMMAN, Jordan -- Iraq's newly crowned beauty queen has gone into hiding, fearing she will be targeted by Islamic militants who reportedly threatened to kill other women who participated in a Baghdad pageant last week.

Silva Shahakian, an Iraqi Christian, received the title of Miss Iraq when the initial winner stepped down after receiving death threats and two other runners-up also bowed out, a person familiar with the event said Wednesday.

Since receiving the crown, Shahakian has been lying low, fearing she will be targeted, he said. The pageant was held April 9 in a Baghdad social club and the initial winner, Tamar Goregian, gave back the crown four days later, he said.

I guess the problem with Iraq is we're not reporting the good news...and perhaps they need more beauty queens who won't cut-and-run.