Maria Frhad biography: 10 things about Miss World Iraq 2021

Maria Frhad Salem is an Assyrian beauty queen and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) survivor. Here are 10 more things about her:

  1. She was born in Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq to a Christian Iraqi family.
  2. She lives in Qaraqosh, Nineveh.
  3. In 2014, she and her family were forced to move from Mosul to Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq amid ISIS terrorist attacks.
  4. She was Miss Nineveh Plains 2021.
  5. On July 29, 2021, she was crowned Miss Iraq 2021 in Baghdad, Iraq, besting 17 other candidates.
  6. She was 20 years old when she was crowned Miss Iraq 2021.
  7. While reigning as Miss World Iraq 2021, she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.
  8. On August 5, 2021, she was at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon.
  9. On December 16, 2021, she will represent Iraq at Miss World 2021 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She will be the eighth woman to represent Iraq at Miss World.
  10. If she wins Miss World 2021, she will be the international beauty pageant’s first titleholder from Iraq.

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