By Cindy Yurth
"She had the outfit, she had the tsííyeel ... she looked just like a little Navajo girl," said Carmen Clark, the new princess' Navajo language teacher.
In fact, Charlize Fernandez is 100 percent Filipina ... though she's spent seven of her eight years on the Navajo Nation.
"We're Navajos at heart," said Charlize's mom, Jane Fernandez.
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Below: "Newly crowned Miss Twin Lakes Elementary School Princess Charlize Colle B. Fernandez poses with her father, Hindley Fernandez, May 21 at Twin Lakes Elementary School in Twin Lakes, N.M. Fernandez, a 2nd grader and of Filipino descent, introduced herself in Navajo." (Times photo--Donovan Quintero)