Shaymaa Abdelrahman, a 20-year-old green-eyed girl from Kirkuk was chosen Miss Iraq in the first national pageant in over four decades.
Eight contenders competed for the crown and a chance to represent Iraq in the Miss Universe contest.
Organizers tried to stick to criteria of the international event, but made concessions to cultural sensitivities.
For instance, no swimsuit walk was allowed and the evening dresses worn by the contestants were all below the knee. The girls were also prohibited from wearing headscarves.