A Syrian refugee has been crowned “wine queen” by the German town of Trier, NBC News reported.
Ninorta Banho, 26, is the first asylum seeker chosen to represent a wine-growing region in the Mosel region. The honor is traditionally given to local young women from local families.
The practice of choosing a wine queen dates back to the early 20th century when selected women wear traditional dirndl dresses.
"I want to show that Germany is a welcoming country and that the Germans are very hospitable and work towards integrating refugees quickly and successfully," Banho told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle at her crowning ceremony in Trier.
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Banho was chosen by winemakers who wanted to dispel anger aimed at refugees in Germany. The country took in 1.1 million migrants in 2015.