Move over, Miss World… a prison in Colombia hosts AWESOME beauty pageant served by celebrity judges (PHOTOS)

In Bogota Colombia’s Buen Pastor prison, age is not an obstacle to a beauty queen crown.

Maria Cristina Villareal, 56, was among six women competing on Friday in this year’s pageant for the title of ‘Reina Madre’ or ‘Queen Mother.’ There is a separate category for unmarried women.

The 2,222-inmate women’s prison in Colombia’s capital has hosted pageants for 18 years, with TV and musical celebrities serving as judges.

bogotaInmates show off colorful headgear as they wait in line for the costume parade during a beauty pageant at El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota, Colombia

 

tatianaTatiana Noguera, one of the contestants sends a kiss to a fellow inmate as she prepares for a beauty pageant at El Buen Pastor prisonMost of the inmates have been convicted of drug trafficking or are awaiting trial. They include 50 foreigners, none of whom took part in this year’s pageant.

Villareal, a mother of three with nine grandchildren, is serving time for drug trafficking. She wouldn’t disclose the length of her sentence.

The pageant is held every year on the feast of the Virgin of Mercy, patron saint of prisoners.

‘Even though they are in prison, they have not lost the essence of being women,’ said prisons bureau employee Maria Virginia Camacho, who organized this year’s pageant.

This year’s contest included two runway walks, one in fokloric garb, the other in elegant gowns.

prisonInmates Tatiana Noguera, right, and Gloria Gomez,left, wave after being crowned “Miss Congeniality”
inmateInmate Danllely Quinonez, who says she is serving seven years for drug trafficking, waits her turn to participate in the costume parade

 

Tatiana Noguera parades in an evening gown during a beauty pageant inside El Buen Pastor women's prison in Bogota, ColombiaTatiana Noguera parades in an evening gown during a beauty pageant inside El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota, Colombia

 

costume walkInmates in costume walk to the stage to participate in a beauty pageant inside El Buen Pastor womenís prison in Bogota, Colombia

 

inmatesInmates talk to a prison guard as they get ready for a beauty contest inside El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota, Colombia

 

hair and makeupInmates get their make-up and hair done before the start of a beauty pageant at El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota, Colombia

 

prisonInmates walk during the annual beauty contest at the El Buen Pastor prison in Bogota, Colombia

 

An inmate struts her stuff at the El Buen Pastor prison in Bogota, ColombiaAn inmate struts her stuff at the El Buen Pastor prison in Bogota, Colombia

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