New York - Iman Oubou, a 23 year-old woman of Moroccan origin, will be among 50 other girls, representing other States, to compete for the title of Miss US intentional to be held in Orlando, Florida, on Friday and Saturday.
New York – Iman Oubou, a 23 year-old woman of Moroccan origin, will be among 50 other girls, representing other States, to compete for the title of Miss US intentional to be held in Orlando, Florida, on Friday and Saturday.
Iman Oubou, who was crowned Miss Colorado last January, believes in her chances to win the national contest and be able to represent the United States in the Miss International to be held in Tokyo, Japan, next November.
Since she settled in the United States at her early age, and while taking pride in being both Moroccan and American, Iman has always sought to promote the cultural and historical diversity of her native country and change the stereotypical image of Morocco as being an exotic country.
“The combination of the Moroccan and American cultures is (and will always be) the key to my present and future accomplishments and pursuits. It is also my responsibility as a Moroccan residing in the US to take the lead and promote the cultural and historical diversity of my native country and change the stereotypical image of Morocco as being an exotic country with nothing to offer, she told MWN.
“Given the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the US as a sovereign nation, the Moroccan-American friendship has lasted ever since 1777. And I am proud to call both these nations my home,” she added.
Iman pursued her studies at Colorado State University where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology in May 2011. After her graduation, she was chosen out of 700 applicants to intern with a biomedical company in Munich, Germany. After spending three months working in Germany, she was accepted in both Queen Mary School of London and at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to start a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering.
She is currently completing a Masters in biomedical engineering, as well as a certificate in bio-innovation entrepreneurship at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Colorado. Iman is also the Co-president of the students for global health organization, which allowed her to go on her recent medical mission to Africa.
In addition to her studies, Iman is involved with international medical missions and local medical centers in Colorado. After completing a medical mission to East Africa where she assisted in 26 surgeries, Iman plans on carrying out a medical mission to Morocco in May 2013.
Stemming from her humanitarian leanings, Miss Colorado hopes to establish a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children suffering from cancer.
Like many Moroccans, what distinguished Iman from other contestants in Colorado is the fact that she speaks several languages, including Arabic, English, Spanish and French.
Her exquisite beauty along with her high qualifications will enable her to be a serious candidate for the title of Miss United States, thus, becoming the second woman from the MENA region to win the title in a three year spam, after the Lebanese-born Rima Fakih won the prize in 2010.
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