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PHOTO GALLERY: First beauty queen in more than 40 years chosen in Iraq




Iraqi women taking part in the Miss Iraq beauty contest stand on stage during the event on December 19, 2015 in the capital Baghdad (AFP)

Miss Iraq Shaima Qassem reacts during the Miss Iraq Pageant in Baghdad, December 19, 2015 (Reuters)

Participants wait for judges to determine the winner of Miss Iraq during the final round of judging in Baghdad, December 19, 2015 (Reuters)

Miss Iraq Shaima Qassem reacts during the Miss Iraq Pageant in Baghdad, December 19, 2015 (Reuters)

Newly crowned Miss Iraq, 20-year old Shaima Qassim, celebrates after being crowned at the end of the 2015 Miss Iraq Final in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 (AP)

Newly crowned Miss Iraq Shaima Qassim, 20, left, as she celebrates after being crowned the end of the 2015 Miss Iraq Final, in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 (AP)

Iraqi Shaymaa Qasim poses during the Miss Iraq beauty contest on December 19, 2015 in the capital Baghdad (AFP)

Newly crowned Miss Iraq, 20-year old Shaima Qassim, celebrates after being crowned the end of the 2015 Miss Iraq Final in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 (AP)

Iraqi women taking part in the Miss Iraq beauty contest stand on stage before the audience on December 19, 2015 in the capital Baghdad (AFP)

Iraqi Shaymaa Qasim from Kirkuk poses with the Miss Iraq sash and crown after winning the beauty contest on December 19, 2015 in the capital Baghdad (AFP)