Hasnaa Wafaii, the three-time Beauty Queen of Syria, pictured in 1957

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Hasnaa Wafaii, the three-time Beauty Queen of Syria, pictured in 1957. While still a high school student she became Queen at the age of 17. She became Beauty Queen of Elegance in 1956, Beauty Queen of Spring in 1957, and that same year, Beauty Queen of Cotton (a celebration during the cotton plantation season in Syria). She declared in the 1950s that was inspired by the French star Brigitte Bardot. In a magazine interview, Wafaii said that Egyptian woman were beautiful when they speak while Syrian women were beautiful when they are silent.