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During several days in Xela, the city in which I stayed for several weeks while I was in Guatemala, beauty queens were an inherent part of the cityscape. One day there were mini queens, the next day they were middle-sized and then the highest rank would invade the streets. They walked around in groups of hundreds, all wearing either tulles, taffetas, laces or velvet, not to mention the huge crown lined with strass and the embroidered scarf. Real life princesses having just popped out of a fairytale for little girls. It seemed like they only needed carriages and horses to complete the picture, although they had evolved into the modern version of limousines and sportscars. There was a Miss for each city and village of the country, but also “Miss Sports”, “Miss Independence”, “Miss Carnaval”, “Miss Friendship”, “Miss of the municipal deputies”, “Miss University”, “Miss College”… anyway, I think there were enough titles to go around to all the Guatemalan girls who would one day get to proudly wear their own crowns.