You don't even need to ask. She'll ask you. Luisa Dorr is a Brazilian photographer. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Hide Caption. Laryssa and Rayssa gaze into the camera. The twins are nine years old, but have been modeling since they were 11 months old. They do their own hair and make-up before going to contests and parties.
She was the reigning Miss Minas Gerais, a landlocked state in eastern Brazil. She did not win. Maysa Martins strikes a pensive pose at the finals. She had come to watch the contest. She'd been dreaming of being a Miss since she was small. Six months later, she became a candidate, winning her state's Black Beauty contest. Miss Brazil Bahia waits to change her dress, minutes before parading before judges at the final contest for Young Miss Brazil They both dream of being Misses and wearing the winning sash.
Young Miss contestants spin in their dresses during a competition. Girls must be between ages 8 and 12 to participate in the contests. Maysa perches on the armrest of a chair in her home. Kamila Kung, Princess of the state of Santa Catarina, stands amid piles of dresses. She was competing in the final contest for Young Miss Brazil They took a bus and train to reach the contest, traveling for nearly two hours. Walk into the room with a camera, and she'll grab you by the hand, tugging you into position.
In front of the lens, she transforms herself into a supermodel. She swings her hair around to one side, stretches her neck into a long line, and delicately cocks a hand on her hip.
In fact, it may be a more difficult task to get a Young Miss not to strike a pose. Photographer Luisa Dorr. She speaks glowingly of Maysa's "astounding personality" and down-to-earth determination and dedication to her studies. She is Catholic, and the daughter of a policeman and a secretary. Maysa proceeds next to the national finals in October. To be in the contest, a girl needs to be between 8 and 12 years old and enrolled in school. The pageant is divided by national states.
Girls pass up and down the catwalk in myriad outfits, and perform various talents. In an image of 9-year-old twins Laryssa and Rayssa , the girls are styled nearly identically. Their hair is teased and curled into blond creations. They wear flouncy gowns. They gaze into the camera, porcelain faces strategically highlighted and contoured with makeup. They could be teenagers. They carry oversized teddy bears, and wear Velcro high-top, iridescent sneakers, as if to remind the camera they're just kids. Their mother told the photographer they learned to do their own makeup at age 7.
Half goes into a savings account; the other half is donated to an orphanage. With those kinds of opportunities on offer for a select few, much like in any American youth pageant, the emotions run as high as the stakes -- for both the girls and their mothers. The girl had lost, and was sobbing. She said it teaches girls to put in hard work to achieve their goals.
Maysa hopes one day she'll win the title of Miss Brazil. For now, she is still a child.