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LIVERPOOL, England, Sep 04, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- An 18-year-old Uzbekistan native has become the first Muslim to wear the Miss England tiara.

Hammasa Kohistani, 18, was selected at Liverpool's Olympia Theatre from a group of 40 beauties to represent England in the Miss World championships, Sky News reported Sunday.

The student, sponsored by the Asian fashion house Miss Maya, speaks six languages including Russian, Persian and French.

Kohistani said she was happy to be making history as Britain's first Muslim beauty queen and added, "hopefully, I won't be the last."

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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