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Homecoming for a Colombian beauty queen

What struck me about this collection of photos is the juxtaposition between the 3 images from the night of this beauty pageant and the 3 images of Ms. Palencia's homecoming the next day. 

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Contestants run away from the stage during a heavy downpour during the Independence Beauty Pageant final crowning event at the Argemiro Bermudez Softball stadium in Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov. 13. The Independence Beauty Pageant is a competition among women from different neighbourhoods of this coastal city that takes place every year at the same time as the Miss Colombian national beauty pageant, but besides judging beauty, it also takes into account the social projects that the candidates for the

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The ten finalists of the Independence Beauty Pageant stand on the stage during the final crowning event at the Argemiro Bermudez Softball stadium in Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov. 13.

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Beauty queen Ivonne Palencia (C), walks around her neighbourhood, Boston, after winning the Independence Beauty Pageant in Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov. 13.

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Beauty queen Ivonne Palencia, puts on her crown at her house in Boston neighborhood.

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Beauty queen Ivonne Palencia, wears her crown at her house in the Boston neighbourhood, a day after winning the Independence Beauty Pageant in Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov.14.

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Beauty queen Ivonne Palencia, is carried around Boston neighbourhood by her brother Nelson, a day after winning the Independence Beauty Pageant in Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov. 14.

Other than the downpour, the event looks like a pretty glitzy, typical pageant. So much so, that I was a little surprised to see the comparably very modest home that the reigning "Queen of the people" was returning to. The images are all by the same photographer, but the lighting and the color palette of the photos seems so very different the next day - I like the sobering, and story-telling effect that has.