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Brazil: Meet Rio's newly-crowned Beauty Queen... who comes from the city's biggest slum!01:09

Brazil: Meet Rio's newly-crowned Beauty Queen... who comes from the city's biggest slum!

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
January 18, 2015 at 06:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

A woman from Rio de Janeiro's biggest favela was crowned Rainha (Queen) of the city's 450 year anniversary celebrations at the Centro Cultural Joao Nogueria, Saturday evening. Rafaella Lemes was crowned the victor after competing against 32 other women from separate administrative councils of the city.

Speaking to the press after her victory, Lemes pointed to her impoverished background and expressed surprise at her win, saying she "could never imagine" she'd have the opportunity to take to the stage and gain national fame and recognition.

Rio's official 450 year anniversary celebrations will take place in March 2015, with Saturday's winner soon to be the female face of the iconic Brazilian capital. With the FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil in 2014, 2015 marks the year before the 2016 Olympic Games are hosted in the country.

As part of the 2015 festivities, Rio promises an array of festivals and parties including an extra-special Carnival 2015. The city will also host a range of cultural events, including a celebration of the city's African heritage over the months of November and December.

Brazil: Meet Rio's newly-crowned Beauty Queen... who comes from the city's biggest slum!01:09
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A woman from Rio de Janeiro's biggest favela was crowned Rainha (Queen) of the city's 450 year anniversary celebrations at the Centro Cultural Joao Nogueria, Saturday evening. Rafaella Lemes was crowned the victor after competing against 32 other women from separate administrative councils of the city.

Speaking to the press after her victory, Lemes pointed to her impoverished background and expressed surprise at her win, saying she "could never imagine" she'd have the opportunity to take to the stage and gain national fame and recognition.

Rio's official 450 year anniversary celebrations will take place in March 2015, with Saturday's winner soon to be the female face of the iconic Brazilian capital. With the FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil in 2014, 2015 marks the year before the 2016 Olympic Games are hosted in the country.

As part of the 2015 festivities, Rio promises an array of festivals and parties including an extra-special Carnival 2015. The city will also host a range of cultural events, including a celebration of the city's African heritage over the months of November and December.

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