Muslim Miss World, TV review: Documentary gives blogger a renewed affection for Blighty

The programme followed Dina Torkia as she travelled to Indonesia to take part in the World Muslimah beauty pageant, and discover a sense of belonging

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Stereotypes may be based in fact, but they can't tell the whole story. It's the job of a good documentary to dig deeper and there was at least one of those on telly last night.

Muslim Miss World followed Dina Torkia, British blogger and hijab-wearing fashion designer, as she travelled to Indonesia to take part in the World Muslimah beauty pageant, and discover a sense of belonging. In the UK, she said, "It's easy to feel set apart from the mainstream, especially if you wear the hijab."

The naturally rebellious Torkia swore a lot, turned up ill-prepared for Koran class and was accused of stirring up dissent among her fellow contestants. When it came to "un-Islamic" karaoke, however, it was Torkia who was tutting at the licentiousness of her Indonesian hosts.

She returned to the UK without settling on a single definition of a good Muslim woman – the world's Muslim population is far too large and varied for that – but the experience did give her a renewed affection for Blighty: "Home! Where the people are rude and the customer service is shit! Love it!"

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