Catherine Kanaan is to represent the Arab sector in the international competition Miss Earth, but her dream is much more local. "Why do not models Castro Arab?" She asks. "With you like the look of Bar Refaeli, but the Arab model has almost no chance of succeeding here.'s Not pleasant to say, but the Israelis are racists"
Catherine Kanaan, 17 Judeide nearby village Acre, has a dream to fit in the number of presenters by Castro. "I was happy to be their representative in the Arab sector," she says innocently typical for her age.
Kanaan, the new beauty queen of the Arab, was selected last week in the competition organized by the women's magazine "Wielki" Nazareth. Evening events held in the city competed for the crown eight young candidates seeking to represent the new face of Arab society, to fight for equal rights in a patriarchal society. The way, they have no problem being photographed in a bathing suit. Jury were several strong women in the sector, including Dr. Anan Faleh, a dentist who holds a permit aircraft and serves on the Second Authority for Television and Radio, businesswoman Suhair Work, a network of fashion and cafes, and the editor Wielki, Yara from lesson , most prominent spokesman for equality Women in Arab society.
A week after winning Kanaan still excited. We meet in the early evening at a restaurant in Haifa, Ben Gurion Avenue, colored lights and Christmas trees towards the Christmas festive. The city provides a spectacular example of co-existence, placed beside each municipality a small fir tree the Jewish menorah. Baha'i temple down the road to the harbor great commotion families, couples and just passersby stop to be photographed with Santa Claus dolls, and purchasing Recent gifts to their loved ones. Meeting came Kanaan oats, translates our conversation throughout the interview. Cnanai occasionally muster the courage and sends a sentence in Hebrew, but because it does not control language, a word is enough she stuck her, and she returned to her mother tongue, Arabic.
To competition after the company rolled barley met her at a beauty salon in the village and recommended her. Kanaan glad appeal and requested the approval of her parents. "I told my father on appeal, but he resisted. He feared that my grandfather's father, mother, do not agree that one of his granddaughters be a model. Drove all the family Sakhnin meet your grandfather, and to our surprise he supported me. He said he was glad granddaughter's young will be famous in modeling. When my father heard it, it allowed me access to competition. "
Why did you go to competition?
"I dreamed of being a model and I want to be famous., I believe this place will have the ability to influence the Arab society and change the existing attitude to women."
What would you like to change?
"I want to encourage women who want to be models to fulfill the dream. It feels good. Usually it is not acceptable to be a model in the Arab society, and a girl who wants to be a model fraught with difficulties. Supermodel directly call a bathing suit and lingerie, but modeling this distinguished work, which girl good way to succeed and advance herself in society. "
What your red lines?
"I'm willing to be photographed in a bathing suit., But only if it's something respectable."
"I have not decided the issue. Currently no".
You have to get permission from your father?
From lesson: "Grandpa."
The competition takes place in a decade by the magazine Wielki, made in the early years Echoes in Arab society. Lesson, the editor of the magazine is sponsoring a tournament held a controversial figure in the Arab sector, which likes to incite discussion and test the limits of the society in which she lives. The winner of the competition two years ago, Huda Nakash , is placed on the cover of underwear, and sparked a media storm in the sector. Nakash, represented Devotional Agency, has managed to lead the network's campaign photographed Jack Cuba and Dorin Frankfurt designer and fashion house Comme Il Faut. "Our competition is not only explores beauty," explains from lesson. "We want to strengthen the status of women in society, because we believe that a woman consists not only in appearance but also in personality. Woman participating in the contest actually says' I want a career." It can be whatever she wants, a director, a lawyer, and has the right invest in itself. "
On the other hand, all of this agenda you throw the girls 17, Provider if they have an idea of what they want from life.
"The girls go through a journey and a process of personal empowerment. Come to us shy girls, do not know how to express their opinion. I hope that in the process they go through part of the competition, personality undergoes empowerment."
Kanaan coming year is expected to represent the sector in the international competition Miss Earth, but Llachnaani have more local dream - to attend the pageant of Israel. "Catherine is afraid to go to the competition because she did not want to be disappointed if not exceed 20 shortlist," says from lesson. "It's no secret that in Israel there is almost no successful Arab models."
Catherine, how the encounter racism in Israeli society?
"I hate to say it, but the Israelis are racists."
Why is it? You're not special, racism here for everyone. Ethiopians, Russians, Sephardim.
"My chances of succeeding in Israel is low. Why Castro No Arab models, for example? With you like the look of Bar Refaeli blond., I also love her, she's my idol., But the Arab model has almost no chance to succeed."
In recent years there has been an attempt to recruit young Arabs in the IDF. Would you like to serve in the military?
"No. We do not have equal rights, and the army does not represent me."
What is the worth?
"Every. Has discrimination at work, in housing. We do not have equal rights."
On the occasion of the Christmas, what the Christian community welcomes Israel?
"I wish happiness for children around the world. Sincerely hope that next year I can advance the cause of children in need and help them get help."