Indigenous beauty queen chosen in Ecuador

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In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo, Jenny Guillin, a 19-year-old Puruha Indian, is crowned the winner of the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest, at the the Casa de la Cultura theater in Quito, Ecuador. Organizers say she now gets the right to participate in the Miss Ecuador contest. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo, an Otavalo Indian girl reacts to hearing her sister's name, as she watches contestants parade in the final presentation of the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest at the Casa de la Cultura theater, in Quito, Ecuador. The young Ecuadorean women competing in the event for indigenous beauties wore native costumes and headwear. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo, Jenny Guillin, a 19-year-old Puruha Indian, walks across the stage at the start of the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest, which she went on to win, in Quito, Ecuador. Black high-heeled pumps were the only truly Western clothing on display. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
AP10ThingsToSee - Contestants rehearse the presentation parade for the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest in a waiting area backstage at the Casa de la Cultura theater in Quito, Ecuador on Friday, May 22, 2015. Entrants have to belong to one of the country's many Indian groups and speak a native language. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo, Mariuxi Grefa of Arajuno, in Ecuador's Pastaza province, sits still in a dressing room of the Casa de la Cultura theater, as a friend paints her face in preparation for the typical native dress category of the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest, in Quito, Ecuador. Eleven women from around the country participated. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo, Amarani Jeres, a Salasaka Indian, walks onto the stage as she competes in the stylized native dress category, during the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest, at the Casa de la Cultura theater, in Quito, Ecuador. Contestants for the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest had to belong to one of the country’s many Indian groups and speak a native language. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo, Helen Matugo, an Otavalo Indian, looks into a compact mirror as she uses her finger to separate her eyelashes while preparing to compete in the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest at the Casa de la Cultura theater, in Quito, Ecuador. The young Ecuadorean women competing in the event for indigenous beauties wore native costumes and headwear. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Friday, May 22, 2015, beauty contestant Nancy Maliza, a Chibuleo Indian, stands still as her mother tries to safety pin her gown for a better fit in a dressing room at the Casa de la Cultura theater, in preparation for the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest parade of contestants, in Quito, Ecuador. There was no bathing suit or modern evening gown competition in this beauty contest. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Friday, May 22, 2015, Patricia Grefa of Ecuador's Pastaza province, pulls her hair back into a ponytail in a dressing room of the Casa de la Cultura theater, as she prepares for the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest parade of contestants, in Quito, Ecuador. Eleven women from around the country participated in the pageant. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — There was no bathing suit or modern evening gown competition in this beauty contest.

Instead, the young Ecuadorean women competing in the event for indigenous beauties wore native costumes and headwear. Black high-heeled pumps were the only truly Western clothing on display.

Contestants for the Miss Indigenous Ecuador beauty contest on Friday had to belong to one of the country's many Indian groups and speak a native language. Eleven women from around the country participated.

The women nervously prepared backstage beforehand. Helen Matugo, a member of the Otavalo people, looked into her compact mirror while Patricia Grefa, representing Pastaza province, arranged her hair. Nancy Maliza, of the Chibuleo indigenous group, stood still while her mother helped her arrange her dress with a safety pin.

The winner was 19-year-old Jenny Guillin of the Puruha people. Organizers say she now gets the right to participate in the Miss Ecuador contest.

Amid cheers and tears, Guillin was crowned with a specially designed tiara that included a "chacana," or indigenous cross, and an aboriginal symbol for the sun.

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