A life within the confines of a prison is visualised as very tiring and can get challenging. But female prisoners from western Rio were part of a different challenge to contest for a beauty pageant. Every year there is a beauty contest held for the women prisoners here awarding the crown of Miss Talavera Bruce. It is a time to ditch the prison uniforms and wear beautiful dresses, forget the life behind the bars for a while and enjoy the indulgence in makeup and dress up. 25-year-old inmate Veronica Verone won the title of Miss Talavera Bruce 2018. Adi Rani 2018, Kalinga Tribal Queen Contest: Pallavi Durua From Odisha is India's First Winner.
Prisoners have to face a lot of mental pressure and lack of self-confidence while they serve their period behind the bars for whatever reasons. But this beauty pageant is one way to help them gain self-esteem and also promotes integration among all of them. Family members of the prisoners are also present at the contest, offering more support and confidence to the convicts. Raquel Rodrigues, a 28-year old prisoner was quoted to AFP, "When I was imprisoned, my daughter was only 9 months old." Her daughter now 5-year-old was present at the contest. Are Beauty Pageants Really Helping Young Women Achieve Their Dreams or Just Validating Beauty Stereotypes?
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A female prisoner was crowned Miss Talavera Bruce 2018 Tuesday at a prison the beauty contest is named for. The prison in western Rio, Brazil, holds the annual beauty pageant for prisoners to relax during family visits. https://t.co/7pyLkVKzvq pic.twitter.com/nF7qWWAnz0
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Ana Cristina Faulharber, coordinator of female and LGBT prisons in Rio de Janeiro said, "Bringing activities here is a way to re-socialize (the women), to make them think about change." The pageant has become popular over the years and while prisoners have a notorious reputation everywhere, this event takes a break and builds on for the confidence,