New York - Iman Oubou, who was crowned Miss Colorado last January, came in third place in the Miss US International pageant held on Friday night in Orlando, Florida.
New York – Iman Oubou, who was crowned Miss Colorado last January, came in third place in the Miss US International pageant held on Friday night in Orlando, Florida.
In the contest, which was won by Amanda Delgado, Miss California, Iman Oubou received also the best swimsuit body award.
In a telephone interview with MWN immediately after the contest, Iman Oubou expressed her happiness for reaching the third place. “Although I did not win the contest, I am very happy to reach the final stage and for receiving the best swimsuit body award. I am very happy to be a finalist in such a great competition and I plan to go for Miss USA next year. In the meantime, I will keep doing humanitarian missions.”
She went on to say that “she was very proud to be representing the beauty of Moroccan women in this context”. “Today will remain a memorable day in my life,” she added.
Iman Oubou, is a 23 year-old woman of Moroccan origin. In 2006, she moved to the United States along with her family and settled in the State of Colordo.
Since she settled in the United States at her early age, and while taking pride in being both Moroccan and American, Iman Oubou 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 in an interview last April.
“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 Oubou 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 Oubou 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 Oubou 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 Oubou from other contestants in the US International beauty pageant is the fact that she speaks several languages: Arabic, English, Spanish and French.
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