Beauty Contest Held In Colombian Prison

Beauty Contest Held In Colombian Prison

Bogota, Colombia -- The Buen Pastor prison in Colombia's capital, where 2,222 women are serving their time, has been hosting beauty pageants for 18 years. Often, local TV and musical celebrities would serve as judges.

There are no age restrictions, and there is a separate category for unmarried women.

This year's beauty contest was held last Friday, September 27, 2013. Six women competed for the title of 'Queen Mother' ('Reina Madre'). The pageant is usually held on the day when the Virgin of Mercy, who is a patron saint of prisoners, is celebrated.

The majority of women have been convicted, or awaiting trial for drug trafficking.

Organizers of the event say women, though being imprisoned, have not forgotten their feminine side. 


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