Azra Duliman is the new Miss Sweden 2009, crowned on May 15 at the Scandinavian Congress of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Duliman is a 23-year‐old law student from Stockholm, with experience from working with young immigrants and engaged in human rights. She has a multicultural background, and said she would take the opportunity to spread a message of self‐esteem and inner confidence. This made an impact on the jury. Duliman is a Muslim, which may make her the ﬁrst Miss Sweden practising the Islamic faith at the time of her crowning.
‘The most important task for Miss Sweden is to be able to represent Sweden as a modern country, in many different situations. Looking good in a bathing suit is truly not enough,’ says Panos Papadopoulos, the head and owner of the Miss Sweden brand, and founder of the New Miss Sweden concept.
Earlier this year, Lucire reported that there had been differences between Miss Universe and the Miss Sweden organization. Papadopoulos alleged that the Miss Universe Organization would not accept his changes in modernizing the pageant and the Organization unilaterally broke off their connection.