Hawra Khalil showcases inclusivity by being the second hijab wearing delegate at Miss Universe Australia 2021

22 Apr 2021 | Angelique Reyes

Miss Universe Australia organization is all set to host the 2021 edition as state finals are being held all over the country after which the selected finalists will compete for the national crown and the opportunity to represent Australia at Miss Universe 2021. The winner will succeed Miss Universe Australia 2020 Maria Thattil for the crown.

Hawra Khalil is one of the delegates who was selected as a national finalist from Victoria on 19th April 2021 at the Sofitel Melbourne Collins and has emerged as one of the favorites for the title. After being announced as one of the national finalists from Victoria, Hawra took to her social media to share the news and wrote, “Still taking it all in... From a Miss Universe Australia State Finalist to Officially a National Finalist, I don’t think I have the words to describe how I felt yesterday awaiting the announcement, my name being called out and being sashed. All I can say was mixed emotions. I was happy beyond words yet a little emotional because I wish all my state finalist girls made it through with me because they all truly deserved it however, I’m sure they have amazing opportunities ahead of them and I’m so GRATEFUL to have met each one of you beautiful girls.”



Hawra is the second woman in the history of Miss Universe Australia who will be parading the stage with a hijab as last year Hanan Ibrahim was one of the finalists who impressed everyone with her confidence and strong personality and wore a hijab. Hawra is a professional model and a makeup artist whose makeup skills are appreciated by her various clients. She is strong, confident, and determined to win the title and represent Australia at Miss Universe 2021.

The beauty queen is grateful for the opportunity that has helped her to gain confidence and experience in the field of beauty pageants which will help her during the competition. In one of her posts, the diva has mentioned that she wore hijab when she was five years old and believes that when someone asks her questions related to her choice and culture, she never shies off to explain it because she believes that in a multicultural society, we all should educate one another about things that will help in creating understanding and acceptance between people.



Hawra is a mental health advocate and would use the platform of Miss Universe Australia 2021 to raise awareness and educate people about the same. The beauty queen is a strong believer that one should not expect anything in return when they help or do something good for society. She shared that at the age of 8 she developed idiopathic facial paralysis that stayed with the diva for almost a year and because of that she had a hard time while growing up because she was bullied for wearing hijab and having idiopathic facial paralysis and broke her confidence but with treatment, it was cured. The condition came back when she was 13-years-old and with the right amount of treatment she was able to recover within months and today she stands confidently with her crooked smile that has healed as much as it could and Hawra has started to embrace it the way it is.

The diva shared that she promised herself not to be embarrassed about it anymore and won’t hide it because one should always embrace their imperfections and that’s something she would like to advocate with her platform as well. Hawra’s dedication and determination to continuously step out of the comfort zone and breaking the barriers have brought her to Miss Universe Australia 2021 competition and is one of the strongest contenders for the title.