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P.S. Sashes and false eyelashes

  • Janeisha Rivera, six, of Holyoke, who was crowned Mini Latina Western Mass 2016 representing Corozal, Puerto Rico, left, and Delaney Mitchell, five, of Springfield, competing for the 2017 title representing Comerío, Puerto Rico, perform in an opening dance July 9, 2017 during the Miss Latina Western Mass 2017 Pageant at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. In its third year, the pageant seeks to give competitors more knowledge of their culture and background, according to director Jennifer Rodriguez. She said the girls must maintain good grades, and they have roughly four months to study their heritage before answering a variety of questions and incorporating aspects of their country into their pageant costumes. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Lizbeth Zambrano, 18, of Springfield, representing Ecuador, shows off her elaborate costume inspired by an Ecuadorian legend princess named Golondrina. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Rosemary Garcia of Holyoke, left, adjusts the false eyelashes worn by her five-year-old daughter, Zophia Garcia, last Sunday during the Miss Latina Western Mass 2017 Pageant at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. Naomi Montalvo assists by providing light from a cell phone while Brenda Rivera looks on. The younger Garcia represented Ciales, Puerto Rico in the pageant’s “mini” category. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Enid Colon of Philadelphia, Penn., left, assists her niece Julianetzy Oquendo, seven, of Indian Orchard, in putting on fingerless gloves. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY


Friday, July 14, 2017