Religion is a controversial topic in today’s society, and the most recent target of religion-shaming (if you can call it that) is Esma Voloder.
The 25-year-old Bosnian-Australian actress was voted Miss World Australia 2017, and since then, the organization has received a ton of mean comments saying that the vote should be revoked simply on the grounds that Esma was Muslim, and therefore didn’t fully represent her country.
Luckily, Esma had an excellent response to the hateful comments.
“Life if too short for negativity. I forgive them… I feel it comes from a lack of understanding.
I am hoping to break down the barriers by just being me.” she told The Daily Telegraph.
She was born in a refugee camp after her parents had escaped the Bosnian war, after which they relocated to Australia, where she earned a degree in psychology and is now working as a criminal profiler in Melbourne, the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria.
She also moonlights as an anti-bullying ambassador for BullyZero.
Deborah Miller, Miss World Australia’s national director, told The Daily Telegraph that the organisation had fielded many “awful and mean” calls demanding Ms Voloder be replaced.
“We have had lots of calls, people saying terrible things. People have said: ‘How did you let a Muslim win?’. We believe Esma is a strong woman and represents a multicultural Australia.”
Even though Esma was voted as the most beautiful Australian woman, she showed her true beauty with this amazing response to hate comments. Go Esma!