Illinois’ Latina Beauty Queens Crowned at Athenaeum

By Sarah Tilotta | Friday, May 18, 2012

Miss Latina Illinois competition, held at the Athenaeum Theatre. Credit: Sarah Tilotta

Elsa Chumacero and Paola Cossyleon were recently crowned Miss Latina Illinois and Miss Teen Latina Illinois, respectively. The competition, held at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport Ave.), had all the glitz and glamour expected of a beauty pageant, with evening gown, swimsuit, and interview segments.

The evening also included a traje tipico presentation, in which contestants donned traditional costumes representing various Latin American cultures and delivered short speeches in Spanish. The winners now go on to compete in Miss Latina U.S., “a celebration of Latina beauty and culture in the USA,” in Riviera Maya, Mexico, May 27 – June 2.

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