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In pictures: Nazanin Afshin-Jam, more than a beauty queen

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At the 2003 Miss World contest, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, right, represented Canada.

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Nazanin Afshin-Jam, posing at the 2003 Miss World contest, won Miss Sports in the competition.

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Miss Canada 2003, Nazanin Afghin-Jam, left, takes questions with Miss Venezuela Valentina Patruno Macero at the Miss World finals.

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Miss Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam, left, was the first runner up at the 2003 Miss World compeition. The winner was Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison, centre, and the second runner up was Miss China Qi Guan.

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In 2007, Nazanin Afshin-Jam released this pop-dance album with world-beat influences in which she sings in English, French, Persian and Spanish.

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Nazanin Afshin-Jam poses with founder Calvin Ayre at a 2006 promotional event in Vancouver for one of his entertainment ventures. He's been involved in her music, film and human-rights projects.

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Nazanin Afshin-Jam was photographed in Toronto with National Defence Minister Peter MacKay in November of 2010 at a fundraising dinner.

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In May of 2011, Nazanin Afshin-Jam arrived with Peter MacKay for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

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Shortly after their January 2012 wedding, Nazanin Afshin-Jam accompanied her husband, Defence Minister Peter MacKay, left, to the Halifax shipyward. The federal government and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. had just announced an agreement in principle to build the navy's next fleet of warships.

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