The organization defended their winner on Facebook, claiming the racist and critical comments were the result of edited unflattering photos of Khadija shared online. They posted two images of the winner in all her crowned glory as an apparent attempt at silencing the critics.
So this year’s miss algeria is black and ok i’m not gonna lie and say she’s traditionally pretty but some of the comments she’s getting are so gross i feel so bad for her
— , (@idlearity) January 5, 2019
Some commenters have defended their criticism, claiming they are not racist, but simply don’t think the winner is worthy of the title. Equally, supporters have spoken out online to condemn the naysayers and claim references to Khadija’s nose, hair, and skin complexion are simply racist.
First time in history of Algeria, a black woman is elected miss Algeria. A real progress, i am proud of my country but ashame that so many people are against the decision because of her skin colorOtceles@ChamsousSabbah
This beautiful lady is Khadija Ben Hamou. She was just chosen Miss Algeria 2019. Sadly some users on Arab twitter are attacking & insulting her because she is a woman of color. You are stunning Khadija✔@jenanmoussaKhadija will now go on to represent Algeria at the international Miss World 2019 pageant at the end of the year.*RT