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Meet Lara Debbane, Egypt's new beauty queen

Debbane was amongst 18 finalists chosen to compete for the crown following pre-final contest that was held in Sharm el-Sheikh

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Twenty-year-old Lara Debbane has been crowned Miss Egypt 2014 in a ceremony that took place in Cairo on Friday.

The pageant, hosted at the Sofitel Cairo El Gezira hotel, resumed after a three-year break following the unrest that ensued a 2011 uprising that toppled then President Hosni Mubarak.

Debbane was amongst 18 finalists chosen to compete for the crown following pre-final contest that was held in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sept. 20.

Lara Debbane moments after she was crowned Miss World Egypt. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)
Lara Debbane moments after she was crowned Miss World Egypt. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)

The hopefuls went through a training program in a private camp in which they prepared for the show and learnt the manners required of a beauty queen.

Lara Debbane displays her Bedouin dress on stage during the Miss Egypt competition pre-final at the Saladin Citadel in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The final will be held at the Egypt's popular resort Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Lara Debbane displays her Bedouin dress on stage during the Miss Egypt competition pre-final at the Saladin Citadel in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The final will be held at the Egypt's popular resort Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

As the winner, Debbane will automatically qualify to represent Egypt in the Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss Universe beauty pageants.

“In addition to being crowned Miss Egypt and having the privilege of wearing the 2014 Miss Egypt sash, the winner will be given a car and jewelry,” Kareem Hussein, the beauty contest’s spokesman, told Al Arabiya News on Thursday.

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