A prison in Colombia, the Buen Pastor prison in Bogota, holds beauty pageants yearly for its female inmates.
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.
‘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.