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In Pictures: Brazil's Annual Prison Beauty Pageant
A group of women serving time at a prison in Rio de Janeiro swapped their uniforms for gowns to compete in the beauty pageant.
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Miss Talavera Bruce 2017 Mayana Rosa Alves waits to participate in the 13th annual beauty contest at the Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jail authorities say they organize the contests to encourage self-esteem, fight idleness and promote integration among women prisoners.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Inmate Veronica Verone, 25, left, smiles after she was crowned Miss Talavera Bruce 2018, at the penitentiary the beauty pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Authorities say they organize the pageant, which attracts a lot of local media attention, to help the prisoners with their self-esteem and promote integration between them.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Inmates compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Inmates walk past prison guards as they head for the stage to compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the prisoners, the annual contest is a time to enjoy dressing up, temporarily forget life behind bars and enjoy visiting family, who are allowed to come.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Inmate Veronica Verone, 25, sports a floppy hat as prepares to compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    An inmate, with a tattoo that reads in Portuguese, "I embrace you, to embrace what I lack," waits to compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A group of women serving time at a prison in Rio de Janeiro swapped their uniforms for gowns to compete in the beauty pageant.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Miss Talavera Bruce 2017, Mayana Rosa Alves, right, takes a cigarette break with two contestants before the start of the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prison authorities say they organize the annual beauty contest to encourage self-esteem, fight idleness and promote integration among the female inmates.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Inmate Mariana Santos da Silva, 23, who is serving time prepares to compete at the annual beauty contest at Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The clothes the contestants compete in are on loan from a local business.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    An inmate has her hair washed as she prepares to compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hairdressers and makeup artists volunteer their time to ready the contestants who are judged on their beauty, appeal and attitude.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Gowns and shoes are laid out for female inmates who are competing in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant, the namesake of the female prison in western Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For a day, about a dozen women serving time at the penitentiary swap their uniforms for gowns. The clothes the contestants compete in are on loan from a local business.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    An inmate has her hair styled to compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hairdressers and makeup artists volunteer their time to ready the contestants who are judged on their beauty, appeal and attitude.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    An inmate with a scorpion tattooed on her thigh waits to have her hair styled, before the start of the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    An inmate holds her daughter during the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event aims to improve the women’s self-esteem and is an opportunity to unite with family members they seldom see. 
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
  • Dec 05, 2018

    Inmate Mariana Santos da Silva embraces her sisters during the annual beauty contest at the Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
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