Dubai: Dubai resident Margo Cooper will compete in the World Beauty Organization's Top Model of the World in Germany on Friday.
The 23-year-old model is the first Dubai resident to compete in the pageant.
Cooper said she is "thrillled" to be competing in the event "carrying three flags, my roots, Bulgaria; Russia where I was born; and my new home, Dubai, UAE."
She expressed pride in being a UAE resident. "I would like to show the world, through this pageant, the peace, and diversity that this country has to offer for an expat like me. This country has given me great opportunities to be the best that I can be and I do hope that this event will be the avenue to relay my message of love, peace, and equality for all,” Cooper said.
Cooper has been living in the UAE for the past two years and has been featured in fashion shows such as Fashion Forward. Cooper was recently featured on the cover of Esquire Bulgaria magazine and has also graced other magazines such as L’Official Hommes and Millionaire.
The model said she wants to use the pageant in Germany "to send a message to all to stop the war in Syria and the rest of the Middle East and the world."
"I have been living in Dubai for several years now and I know the benefits of a peaceful country to its residents and I wish, someday soon, that the world will live with love and peace,” she said.
Cooper has competed in international beauty pageants such as Miss Eurasia 2014, Miss European Tourism 2014 and Miss World Next Top Model 2014. Last year, she was cast in Bulgarian reality TV show Farmer is Searching for Wife.