XICHANG, CHINA - JULY 29: (CHINA OUT) A contestant dressed in traditional costume and ornaments, performs at a Yi beauty contest of the Liangshan Yi Ethnic Minority Torch Festival on July 29, 2005 in Xichang of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, southwest China. The 3-day traditional festival of the Yi people, held to worship the god of fire, starts on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month. Beauty contest, bull fighting, ram fighting, horse racing, rooster fighting, wrestling, needfire evenings featuring singing and dancing are held during the festival, which has become an annual event drawing tourists. Beauty contest of Yi Minority can date back to Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). Many villages, towns and counties crowned their own beauty queens at the Torch Festival since ancient time. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)