Can Palestinian-American Sofia Hanan win Miss California 2016 with her 'inner beauty'?
We are rooting for Palestinian-American Sofia Hanan at the Miss California 2016 competition this December. (Facebook)
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In recent times, more and more Arab beauties have been competing for a place in US beauty pageants and international talent shows.
Born and raised in northern California to an American mother and an Egyptian-born Palestinian father, Hanan says that she may be the first contestant of Palestinian decent to participate in the competition.
Competing in Miss California 2016, Hanan told Al Arabiya News that she enjoys the support she is getting for being of Arab origin, stressing that if she were to be crowned Miss Cali, she would "invest a lot of time in representing the state of California."
Hopes & Dreams
Enjoying the best of both worlds - East and West - has made Hanan more determined not to be stifled by stereotypes.