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Pictures From Brazil's Biggest Annual Prison Beauty Pageant

World | Associated Press | December 5, 2018, 1:43 pm
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 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. (Image: AP)

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. (Image: AP)

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 Inmate Veronica Verone smiles after she was crowned Miss Talavera Bruce 2018, at the penitentiary the beauty 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. (Image: AP)

Inmate Veronica Verone smiles after she was crowned Miss Talavera Bruce 2018, at the penitentiary the beauty 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. (Image: AP)

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 Inmates compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro. For the prisoners, the contest is a time to enjoy dressing up, temporarily forget life behind bars and enjoy visiting family, who are allowed to come. (Image: AP)

Inmates compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro. For the prisoners, the contest is a time to enjoy dressing up, temporarily forget life behind bars and enjoy visiting family, who are allowed to come. (Image: AP)

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 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. (Image: AP)

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. (Image: AP)

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 Inmate Veronica Verone 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. Female prisoners paraded in front of a group of judges and their relatives on Tuesday, competing for bragging rights to be crowned the next Miss Talavera Bruce. (Image: AP)

Inmate Veronica Verone 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. Female prisoners paraded in front of a group of judges and their relatives on Tuesday, competing for bragging rights to be crowned the next Miss Talavera Bruce. (Image: AP)

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 Inmate Mariana Santos da Silva who is serving time prepares to compete at the annual beauty contest at Talavera Bruce penitentiary 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. (Image: AP)

Inmate Mariana Santos da Silva who is serving time prepares to compete at the annual beauty contest at Talavera Bruce penitentiary 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. (Image: AP)

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 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. A group of women serving time at a prison in Rio de Janeiro swapped their uniforms for gowns on Tuesday to compete in the beauty pageant. (Image: AP)

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. A group of women serving time at a prison in Rio de Janeiro swapped their uniforms for gowns on Tuesday to compete in the beauty pageant. (Image: AP)

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 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. (Image: AP)

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. (Image: AP)

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 An inmate looks into a mirror 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. (Image: AP)

An inmate looks into a mirror 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. (Image: AP)

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 Inmate Mariana Santos da Silva embraces her sisters during the annual beauty contest at the Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

Inmate Mariana Santos da Silva embraces her sisters during the annual beauty contest at the Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

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 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. (Image: AP)

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. (Image: AP)

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 An inmate, with a tattoo that reads in Portuguese,

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. (Image: AP)

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 A hair stylist blow drys the hair of an inmate in preparation for the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

A hair stylist blow drys the hair of an inmate in preparation for the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

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 Miss Talavera Bruce 2017, Mayana Rosa Alves lifts her strapless gown as she waits to take part in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

Miss Talavera Bruce 2017, Mayana Rosa Alves lifts her strapless gown as she waits to take part in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

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 Inmates wait to have their hair styled and make up done to compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

Inmates wait to have their hair styled and make up done to compete in the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

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 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. (Image: AP)

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. (Image: AP)

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