Jen Osborne

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El Reinado

At the annual Reina de la Independencia beauty pageant in Colombia, young women from Cartagena’s poorest neighborhoods vie not just for a glittering crown but also for the chance to win money, scholarships, rich men, and even jump-start a career. Beauty, for Colombia, is a natural resource.

The sound file below was recorded by Jen Osborne during the final catwalk for the election of Cartagena's 2009 Reina de la Independencia queen.

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