The Best pictures from the 2015 Miss Lebanon pageant

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Valerie Abou Chacra, 23, was handed on Monday the Miss Lebanon 2015 crown from her predecessor Sally Goreige, Miss Lebanon 2014.

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Valerie Abou Chacra (left), the moment she was announced as Miss Lebanon 2015. Photo WAEL HAMZEH

Abou Chacra, a Communication Arts major at the Lebanese American University, impressed the nine judges and beat out 13 other contestants who took part in the competition.

Miss Lebanon 2015 contestants in swimsuits. Wael Hamzeh
Miss Lebanon 2015 contestants in swimsuits. Photo WAEL HAMZEH

The judges included fashion designer Zuhair Murad, actress and Miss Lebanon 2007 Nadine N. Njeim, Miss France 2012 Delphine Wespiser, Editor-in-Chief of L’Orient Le Jour newspaper, Ziyad Makhoul and other prominent figures.

Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama performed two songs for the audience during the ceremony. Wael Hamzeh
Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama performed two songs for the audience during the ceremony. Photo WAEL HAMZEH

Contestants wore evening gowns from Murad’s 2015-2016 Fall/Winter collection with the new Miss Lebanon styled in a white and silver sequin embroidered dress.

Miss Lebanon 2015 wearing a Zuhair Murad gown. Wael Hamzeh
Miss Lebanon 2015 wearing a Zuhair Murad gown. Photo WAEL HAMZEH

Jocelyne Mosleh and Cynthia Samuel were chosen first runners-up, Nour Nasrallah took the third place while Maria Tannous came fourth, with no second runner-up.