Yara Khoury Mikael Wins 2011 Miss Lebanon Pageant

Yara Khoury Mikael was crowned Miss Lebanon late Sunday beating out her competition for a spot in the Miss Universe pageant in Brazil in September.

The event, in which 16 women participated, was organized by LBC TV network and held at the Beirut Souks.

Miss Lebanon 2010, Rahaf Abdallah handed over the crown to Yara.

She came ahead of Carolina Nassar while Sonia Lynn Gabriel was second runner-up, Paloma Madi was third runner-up and Pamela Jabbour was fourth runner-up.

Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud, who was among the guests attending the event, left after he heard that a factory owned by him in the town of Mazraat Yashouh was on fire.

Firefighters were still battling the blaze early Monday.

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