Miss Universe contestant refuses to wear bikini

Miss Universe contestant refuses to wear bikini
Photo credit: Facebook / Muna Jama

A beauty queen from London has won the right to bow out of the bikini category of this year's Miss Universe competition.

Muna Jama was invited to take part in the international competition two years ago, but got cold feet because the swimsuit round would go against her Muslim beliefs.

"I wouldn't wear a bikini to a beach, so I'm not going to wear one in a competition to score points," Ms Jama told Metro News.

After winning the United Kingdom finals the 27-year-old decided to reapply, and began campaigning for the right to wear a kaftan. After some negotiating she was told she would be allowed to cover up.

Ms Jama is the co-founder of Cloudless Research, a company which deals with illegal migration and child abuse in east Africa. She spent part of last year volunteering with children in Somalia.

The Londoner hopes entering the competition will help her promote her company.