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Mexico Beauty Queens in Sinaloa
In this Jan. 26, 2013 photo, Magdabelyn Parra Gamez, who goes by Belyn, holds still for her make-up backstage before competing in the "Guamuchil Carnival Queen 2013" beauty pageant in Guamuchil, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Belyn, 18, took up the mantle on the pageant circuit after the death of her cousin beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez, who in November 2012 died like a mobster's moll, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle into a spray of gunfire from Mexican soldiers. “This is in memory of Susy,” Belyn whispered, shortly before winning the crown, “In honor of her.” (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)