While many Pakistanis are showing disapproval for their own native Mariyah Moten being crowned Best in Media at the Miss Bikini Universe 2006 pagent, The Stripper Blog congratulates her on being a positive liberal influence on conservative eastern cultures. The pagent was held in late August in China.
When asked for her thoughts on winning, twenty-two year old Mariyah said, “I have broken all barriers, and in the coming years there will be other Pakistani contestants, who will carry this title. My intention was to project Pakistan is a very modern way.” In a comment she made about what conservative Muslim critics are saying, Mariyah stated matter-of-factly, “Hardliners are basically people who try to impose their thoughts on others. We are not affected by people like them. We believe Pakistan is a country that is made up of moderate Muslims like myself. And yes, some people may not like the idea of a Pakistani girl in a bikini, but alas, we have done it and there is no way they can change anything about it.”
Its nice to see a girl doing something to liberate herself from cultural stigmas. This is what the strip-club industry is about. Every day we’re fighting a battle against repressive sexual social standards. We’re behind Mariyah Moten as she continues in her quest to “educate others about Pakistan.” The Stripper Blog wishes her the best and hopes that she doesn’t get too much harassment from extremists.