Brazilian judges have delivered their verdict and named the owner of the country's best buttocks.

Carine Felizardo scooped the $2,500 top bot spot in the annual Miss BumBum competition, so named because that is what Brazilians like to refer to their backsides as.

According to AFP, the 25-year-old choked back tears as she was crowned the winner, declaring: "I am overwhelmed. I am very, very happy.

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Carine Felizardo scooped the top spot in Brazil's annual Miss BumBum competition

"I am very proud of my bumbum, proud to represent the Brazilian woman."

Of the 27 luscious, ripe bottoms fighting it out to be crowned the best backside in the country, 15 finalists competed in the final heat on Friday.

Literature on the website urged contestants to "show your talent to represent the 'national passion'." It also points out a recent Spanish survery which found that 81 per cent of men prefer women with curves and "furthermore, they do not care about the cellulite".

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Last year’s contest saw model Rosana Ferreira take the crown – and like all the best beauty pageants, Miss BumBum is not without scandal.

Cibelle Riberio was almost disqualified this year amid suspicions she may have had buttock implants. Graciela Murano, a writer and editor for Oddee told The Huffington Post Riberio had been the nation's favourite, but the scandal - coupled with the fact she reportedly refused to take an X-ray - almost derailed her spot in the running.

However, once she had submitted an X-ray, she was back in the running, Globo said.

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  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, pose against a wall for local photographers before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, wait to record a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, wait to record a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    A competitor of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, adjusts a mask before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012.Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A competitor of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, touches a dog before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRAZIL-MISS BUMBUM

    Competitors of 'Miss Bumbum Brasil 2012', the contest for the cutest bottom, walk to take photos before recording a TV program in Osasco, a surburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24, 2012. Brazil's 27 states and Federal District representatives compete for the cutest bottom. Competitors will be eliminated into 15 by internet voting on their website and the winner will be chosen at the grand final in Sao Paulo in November. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Carine Felizardo

  • Carine Felizardo