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Tradition counts at Puerto Rico pageant

The seven girls posed, preened and smiled with all the energy of Miss Universe contestants, but this was no ordinary pageant. The competitors, from about 6-years-old to 16, had just paraded through a downpour to a small stage surrounded by mountains, where they displayed elaborate outfits handmade from wood, plants or, in one case, jingling shells. And the judges also sought a special kind of beauty: those who most resembled Puerto Rico’s native Indian tribe, the Taíno, received higher marks.

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