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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Guatemalan beauty

WALTHAM

Carolina Palma was extremely lonely when she moved here from Guatemala. Without any English, the 17-year-old moped around the Waltham apartment she shared with her brother.

So when she got the chance to compete in a beauty pageant with other girls from her native country, she jumped at the chance. There are similar pageants across the region for girls of Hispanic origin, but this is the only one for girls of Guatemalan descent.

The pageant attempts to create awareness of Guatemalan culture for many girls who knew nothing about the country which their parents grew up in, Globe North reports today.

-- Erica Tochin

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(Palma waits along with other contestants for the Senorita de Guatemala de Massachussetts pageant to begin at Club Lido in Lynn recently. Globe Staff Photo by Essdras Suarez.)


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