For the first time Miss Universe beauty pageant selected an all-women jury, and for the first time a Moroccan woman became part of the pagent’s jury.
Rabat – Moroccan-American woman, Iman Oubou has become the first Moroccan woman to ever be part of the Miss Universe selection committee during the 2018 Miss Universe beauty pageant held on December 17 December in Bangkok, Thailand.
Oubou who was Miss New York 2015, is a self-made entrepreneur, published scientist, and founder of women’s online platform “SWAAY.” Oubou is a holder of
Master’s degree in science and Biomedical Engineering from University of Colorado at Denver, US.
Speaking to Vogue magazine about the competition and her role as a jury member, Oubou explained that this year’s 67th Miss Universe pageant did not mean top “exclude” men’s voices by selecting an all-women jury.
“It was never about “omitting” men’s voices or intentionally removing them but rather about showcasing a panel that reflects the organization’s commitment to improving opportunities for women personally and professionally,” she stated.
Oubou named Miss Philippines Catriona Gray as Miss Universe 2018. Addressing the belief that beauty pageants are “shallow,” Oubou said that the competitions are no longer merely focused on beauty but have “evolved to become more about social change, leadership, community service, and being a voice for the voiceless.”
The other female jury members next Obou were Monique Lhullier, a Filipino-American fashion designer, Bui Simon, who was Miss Universe 1988 from Thailand, Janaye Ingram, Miss New Jersey of 2004, and Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1992 from Namibia.