Karachi’s 24-year-old model, Erica Robin, made history as Pakistan’s first-ever representative at the Miss Universe pageant. The global event will take place in El Salvador next month.
Backlash and Disapproval
Despite her achievement, Erica Robin’s participation has not been without controversy. Several Pakistani politicians and religious leaders have expressed disapproval and questioned the event’s organizers.
Religious Scholar’s Disapproval
Taqi Usmani, a prominent religious scholar, condemned the beauty pageant and called for government action against the organizers. Pakistani Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan from the Jamaat-e-Islami party also voiced his disapproval on social media.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar initiated an inquiry by the country’s intelligence agency to investigate the event’s organizers. This move followed objections raised by Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan.
Erica Robin’s Response
Erica Robin, when asked about the backlash, expressed her excitement to represent Pakistan. She also shared her confusion about the negative response and emphasized her commitment to the pageant.
A Cultural Conversation
The controversy surrounding Erica Robin’s Miss Universe participation has ignited a cultural conversation in Pakistan, highlighting differing viewpoints on beauty pageants and representation.