Sukaina al-Zayer is an unlikely beauty queen hopeful.
She covers her face and body in black robes and an Islamic veil, so no one can tell what she looks like
. She also admits she's a little on the plump side.
But at Saudi Arabia's only beauty pageant, the judges don't care about a perfect figure or face. What they're looking for in the quest for 'Miss Beautiful Morals' is the contestant who shows the most devotion and respect for her parents.
'The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants' commitment to Islamic morals... It's an alternative to the calls for decadence in the other beauty contests that only take into account a woman's body and looks,' said pageant founder Khadra al-Mubarak.
There are few beauty pageants in the largely conservative Arab world. The most dazzling is in Lebanon, the region's most liberal country
, where contestants appear on TV in one-piece swimsuits and glamorous evening gowns and answer questions that test their confidence and general knowledge.
There are no such displays in ultra-strict Saudi Arabia, where until Miss Beautiful Morals was inaugurated last year, the only pageants were for goats, sheep, camels and other animals, aimed at encouraging livestock breeding.