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Fairy-Tale Night For Girls From Rio's Santa Marta Favela
Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta "favela" slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.
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Jaqueline, right, and Monique take a selfie before their debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from their neighborhood, the Santa Marta "favela" slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Fifteen-year-olds from Santa Marta made their coming out Friday night, escorted by police officers who patrol their communities. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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A teenage girl from the Santa Marta "favela" slum holds a pair of high heels before the start of a debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from her neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. All of the debutantes turned 15 this year, but few had the means to celebrate the milestone with one of the lavish blowouts that are de rigueur among wealthier Brazilians. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Teenage girls from the Santa Marta "favela" slum practice the waltz as they get ready for their debutante ball, organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from their neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Fifteen-year-olds from Santa Marta made their coming out Friday night, escorted by police officers who patrol their communities. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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A teenage girl from the Santa Marta "favela" slum puts on a pair of high heels for a group debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from her neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The ball, which relied on volunteers who coiffed and made up the girls and a formal wear shop that loaned the dresses, helped build goodwill between pacified favelas' residents and the officers who patrol them. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Jaqueline wipes tears during her debutante ball, organized for her and other teenage girls from the Santa Marta "favela" slum by the Pacifying Police Unit from their neighborhood, inside a ballroom in Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The ball, which relied on volunteers who coiffed and made up the girls and a formal wear shop that loaned the dresses, helped build goodwill between pacified favelas' residents and the officers who patrol them. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Teenage girls from the Santa Marta "favela" slum get dressed for their debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from the neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The ball, which relied on volunteers who coiffed and made up the girls and a formal wear shop that loaned the dresses, helped build goodwill between pacified favelas' residents and the officers who patrol them. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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A teenage girl holds still for make-up before her debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from her Santa Marta "favela" slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. All of the debutantes turned 15 this year, but few had the means to celebrate the milestone with one of the lavish blowouts that are de rigueur among wealthier Brazilians. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Teenage girls from the Santa Marta "favela" slum listen to a police officer speak about them during their group debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from their neighborhood, inside a Copacabana ballroom in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The ball, which relied on volunteers who coiffed and made up the girls and a formal wear shop that loaned the dresses, helped build goodwill between pacified favelas' residents and the officers who patrol them. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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A teenage girl from the Santa Marta "favela" slum exits a police car, taking the hand of an officer who patrols her neighborhood as she arrives to Copacabana for a group debutante ball organized by her slum's Pacifying Police Unit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Fifteen-year-olds from Santa Marta made their coming out Friday night, escorted by police officers who patrol their communities. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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A teenage girl holds still for make-up ahead of a debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from her Santa Marta "favela" slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. All of the debutantes turned 15 this year, but few had the means to celebrate the milestone with one of the lavish blowouts that are de rigueur among wealthier Brazilians. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Fairy-Tale Night For Girls From Rio's Santa Marta Favela

Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta "favela" slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.

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