Muslim Woman to Win Miss World?
Meet the good Muslim girl hoping to become Miss World. We reveal the challenges she's faced and her SECRET to success.
Meet the Muslim glamour model hoping to win the coveted Miss World title. Amelia Maltepe, originally from a strict Muslim family in Bangladesh, spent £8,000 on breast implants in 2012 to give her a 34D chest. Now the 23-year-old business accounting student has her eyes set on the world's most famous beauty pageant.
Amelia said: "To be become a Miss World is one of my biggest dreams. Now I feel like if I believe in God and myself I can achieve anything I put my mind to."
However Amelia has a secret - she used to be a man.
Amelia, born as Adesh in Dhakar, Bangladesh added: "Growing up I always felt that I was trapped in the wrong body and the idea of changing gender was never an option. When I was back home I always tried my mum's clothes on and put her make-up on when she was out. I always liked it but I never had the courage to be out because my parents are very religious so I thought they would never ever accept it. I was bullied at school for being feminine - I cried many nights wishing I could be different."
However, the road wasn't always easy for the pretty lady, who currently enjoys quite a successful model. After revealing her surgery to her shocked family, they initially stopped contact with her, however, they have since accepted her decision. Amelia said: "When they saw me for the first time with breasts it must have been very hard for them to understand. But they are my family and they love me no matter what."
Here at CairoScene we say: You go girl!