Chechnya names first beauty queen

Fifteen-year-old Zamira Dzhabrailova was named Beauty of Chechnya, and took home a foreign car and a cash prize.

Nineteen contestants, ranging in age from 14 to 23, took part in the final round of the competition.

It generated enormous interest, but many of the contestants said it had been hard to persuade the men in their families to let them take part.

“It took me a long time to talk them into it,” one told Russian Channel One TV.

They wouldn’t agree. I told them the contest was sponsored by our government and maintained the customs and traditions of the Chechen nation.

In another departure from usual practice, there was no swimsuit round.

Instead the girls competed on their learning, their knowledge of Chechen traditions and cuisine, and on their conversational and artistic abilities.

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