Iraq holds beauty contest for first time in 40 years [Photos]


Some Iraqi candidates for Miss Iraq beauty contest pose in front of the Ishtar Gate at the ancient archaeological site of Babylon, outside the modern city of Hilla, south of the capital Baghdad on December 17, 2015. The beauty contest, which is the first one in more than 40 years, aims to boost tourism in the city and will take place on December 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images .