Jan 9, 2019

Miss Algeria beauty queen Khadija Ben Hamou hits back at racist abuse

The first dark-skinned winner of the Miss Algeria beauty pageant has hit back at critics who have hurled racial abuse at her on social media. "I will not back down because of the people who criticised me," Khadija Ben Hamou told Algerian news site TSA. Slurs about her skin colour, nose and lips have been made about her on Facebook and Twitter. Ms Ben Hamou took part in 20 rounds of the competition before being crowned Miss Algeria 2019 on Saturday. Ms Ben Hamou told TSA, "Do not judge people without their knowledge, there is no difference between black and white." The abuse Ms Ben Hamou received on social media referenced her skin colour and mocked the shape of her nose and lips.

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