Fairy-Tale night in a 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.

The 15-year-old girls were escorted to the ball held in a Copacabana dancehall Friday night, August 29, 2014, by members of the Pacifying Police Unit from their community. The police units have re-conquered slums ruled for decades by drug-dealing gangs.


In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 photo, a teenage girl from the Santa Marta "favela" slum exits a police car as she takes 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. 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)

In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 photo, a teenage girl from the Santa Marta "favela" slum exits a police car as she takes 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. 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)

Teenage girls from the Santa Marta "favela" slum prepare for their group debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from their 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)

Teenage girls from the Santa Marta "favela" slum prepare for their group debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit from their 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)


The girls were coiffed and made up by volunteers, and their dresses were loaned by a formal wear shop.

Debutante balls have been a custom among upper-middle-class and wealthy Brazilian families. They mark a girl's transition from childhood to adulthood.

The following gallery features images by AP Photographer Silvia Izquierdo.



 

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