This year, Saudi Arabia made history by becoming the first country to formally compete in the Miss Universe competition. September 18 is scheduled as the day of the international event in Mexico.

Rumy Alqahtani, 27, announced her entry as the Kingdom’s first-ever participant in the international beauty pageant in an Instagram post.

It is a privilege for me to compete in the Miss Universe 2024 pageant. The model and content producer, who was born in Riyadh, stated in her post on Monday, “This marks the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first participation in the Miss Universe pageant.” 

Saudi Arabia Makes History by Entering Miss Universe Pageant
Rumy Alqahtani

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Lujane Yacoub of Bahrain, who represented her nation in the Miss Universe pageant last year and became the first female from the Gulf area to do so, is the model for Alqahtani’s participation.

The engagement of Alqahtani is praised as a turning point in the empowerment of Saudi women. According to a report by Gulf Today, she has previously represented the Kingdom in a number of international contests, such as Miss Asia in Malaysia, Miss Arab Peace, and Miss Europe.

She is not only the reigning Miss Saudi Arabia, but also the Miss Middle East (Saudi Arabia), Miss Arab World Peace 2021, and Miss Woman (Saudi Arabia) crowns. She is fluent in Arabic, French, and English, has a million followers on Instagram, and thousands more on other social networking sites. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dentistry.

Under the direction of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia is undergoing a continuous state of change, which is reflected in this historic step.

Since ascending to the position of crown prince in June 2017, MBS, the 38-year-old de facto ruler, has presided over significant historical shifts in the nation.

The ambitious “Vision 2030” initiative, which aims to introduce social and economic reforms to Saudi Arabia, has been led by him. These days, women are allowed to drive, go to public concerts and sports activities with males, and apply for passports without the consent of a male guardian. Notably departing from its customs, the Kingdom has also allowed mixed-gender activities and repealed its ban on movie theatres.