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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 April 2019

New Miss Algeria 2019 targeted by racist trolls

Khadija Ben Hamou is the first black woman to win the title of Miss Algeria

Khadija Ben Hamou is Miss Algeria 2019. Miss Algeria / Facebook
Khadija Ben Hamou is Miss Algeria 2019. Miss Algeria / Facebook

She beat 16 other women to be crowned Miss Algeria, but Khadija Ben Hamou’s win has been subjected to a torrent of racist abuse.

Update: Organisers of Miss Algeria speak out after winner is targeted by racist trolls

Khadija made history when she became the first black woman to take the crown at the annual beauty pageant on Saturday, but her win has since been tainted by online trolls who flooded Facebook and Twitter with comments about her appearance.

When other social media users began to call out those spouting racist abuse, some Twitter users maintained it had nothing to do with race. “She just wasn’t that pretty,” one person wrote.

Just one of the comments trolls have left targetting Khadija Ben Hamou. Facebook
Just one of the comments aimed at Khadija Ben Hamou. Facebook
Another comment left on Facebook. 
Another comment left on Facebook.

Plenty of other users were quick to praise the diversity of this year’s competition and jump to Khadija's defence.

One Facebook user wrote: “If I understand correctly, you want a Miss Algeria that looks like a Swedish!? It's one of the charms of our diversity, a Saharan charm, I'm glad to finally see a miss who comes from the south Algerian [sic].”

Another wrote: “Y’all can’t be making fun of her nose, hair and skin complexion and say it’s not racist.”

Khadija, who comes from Adrar in the south of the country, took part in 20 rounds of the competition before being crowned Miss Algeria 2019.

She will go on to represent the country at Miss World, and will take part in charity work.

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Updated: January 8, 2019 03:50 PM

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