Miss Kurdistan – behind the scenes

Agata Zia model

In June 2012 with a  partnership with a Lebanese company called SNR which watched over the ‘Hala Erbil’ festival,  I has come to Kurdistan to organize the Kurdish beauty pageant.

I have participated in several international pageants already and won few titles, I was in touh  with many international organizations and brands affiliated with beauty pageants as well as model agencies so  I was more than happy to share my experience with SNR company.

Few weeks before the Miss Kurdistan finals  The ‘Hala Erbil’ festival hosted by SNR of Lebanon with the assistance of the Department of Tourism has begun work. It started in early June and continued until the first week of July. It was the first festival like this broadcasted live in the lebanese tv and it took place in front of the Majidi Mall. Altghough I don’t speak neither Kurdish nor Arabic – due to my huge stage experience – I was helping the hosts to run the competition part of the festival and give the prizes to lucky winners.



When boys were working hard building the stage and preparing equipment for the show I decided to took some behind the scenes pictures 🙂

Not every day you have opportuity to work in Iraq.


Not every day you have a chance to be a DJ as well :))




If we managed to get some spare time we took a chance to discover the town.

The Erbil Citadel, locally called Qalat Erbil  is a tell or occupied mound, and the historical city centre of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The citadel has been inscribed on the World Heritage List since 21 June 2014.

The earliest evidence for occupation of the citadel mound dates to the 5th millennium BC, and possibly earlier. It appears for the first time in historical sources in the Ebla tablets around 2,300 BC, and gained particular importance during the Neo-Assyrian period. During the Sassanian period and the Abbasid Caliphate, Erbil was an important centre for Christianity. After the Mongols captured the citadel in 1258, the importance of Erbil declined. During the 20th century, the urban structure was significantly modified, as a result of which a number of houses and public buildings were destroyed. In 2007, the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization (HCECR) was established to oversee the restoration of the citadel.



There were several different teams involved in project in Kurdistan –  managers who worked closely with Kurdish Goverment to make sure all aspects of the project meet the guidilines of local Authorities, technical team, assistants, hosts, Dj’s, presenters, security, drivers and many others. During the busy days we often catch up in beautiful Erbil Rotana Hotel for our daily meetings. The project required smooth cooperation & excellent communication bewteen all members of the team.




My part of the project  started in Ministry of Tourism, where I run the castings for the Miss Kurdistan participants. Next step was rehearsals in Rotana Hotel, where the finals took place as well.




Working together for several weeks we were like small family and become friends for life.  Here with lebanese singer Dina Hayek  & tv host Dany Boustany.



With Miss Lebanon Annabella Hilal.



And finally with the new Miss Kurdistan – Shene Aziz Ako.

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