First Jewish Contestant For Miss Germany Contrasts To Rise In Anti-Semitism
Hopes To Represent Germany In International Competitions
Tamar Morali is making history as the first German Jew to compete in the Miss Germany beauty pageant.
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Morali, 21, is currently a student at the IDC University in Herzliya, studying communications and business. She sees her achievement as the first Jewish woman to compete for the Miss Germany title as the beginning of a new era for her fellow Israelis.
“The Jews in Germany have suffered through unbelievable horrors,” Morali told the Jerusalem Post, “I see my candidacy not only as a personal achievement but also as a feat for the Jews in Germany and in the Diaspora, for in Germany, in a country with a complicated history with regard to Jews, there is the first Jewish contestant for the Miss Germany title.”
Morali was one of twenty contestants who made it through the first round of the “Miss Internet” Germany competition. She was picked by judges from the Miss Germany Corporation. Morali looks forward to making it through the publicly voted round of the competition onto the Miss Germany finalists’ stage with the other 22 state pageant winners, before wearing the Miss Germany crown to the Miss Universe pageant.
A spokesperson for the Miss Germany Corporation echoed Morali’s hope that Germany will have a contestant in the global competition, congratulating Morali on becoming the “first known Jewish candidate for the title.”
Tamar Morali’s achievement comes at a time when tensions are still high between the Jews living in Germany and the far-right movement that holds vehement xenophobic and anti-Semitic views. The atmosphere in the country is so volatile that German Jewish community has warned its populace not to wear clothing that would identify them as Jews in major German cities for fear of attacks.
Still, with feats like Morali’s to mark warmth in the relationship between native Germans and the Jews, there is still hope for the country. There is still hope that more people will come forward and say, as Morali did, “I’m proud to be a German Jew.”