Malaysian-born New Zealand beauty Nurul Shamsul recently made headlines for being the first hijab-wearing Malay Muslim woman to join a Miss Universe pageant.

Despite being raised overseas, Nurul still stays true to her Muslim culture, traditions and faith, and most importantly, she is attracted to Malay men rather than westerners.

In an interview with mStar, the 20-year-old Miss Universe finalist described that her ideal man would be someone like our current Youth and Sport Minister Syed Saddiq.

“I don’t mind if my man is from Malaysia or New Zealand, but I would prefer a Malay guy. The most important thing is he has the features I am looking for,” she said as quoted.

“It is good enough if the guy is smart, courteous, good and loyal. I see Syed Saddiq as someone smart and I really admire him,” she added.


Nurul is currently in Malaysia with her mother to promote her participation in the Miss Universe competition.

Her participation in Miss Universe New Zealand comes as a surprise for many especially among the Muslim community, but Nurul assures that the competition doesn’t require her to remove her hijab or wear a swimsuit.

“My parents were shocked when I told them about my participation. They were afraid of the perception of people that I would have to uncover my aurat. Although I wear a ‘tudung’, I was optimistic about my participation in the competition and excited to compete with others,” said Nurul.

Nurul is born from an Indonesian mother and a Malaysian father. She is the eldest of three siblings and is currently studying psychology in the University of Waikato.

Source: The Star.

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