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APTOPIX Brazil Favela Debutantes
Mariana Reis, 15, kisses her reflection on a mirror before attending a debutante ball organized by the Pacifying Police Unit program, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, late Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. The debutante ball relied on volunteers who coiffed and made up the girls and a formal wear shop that lent them the dresses. Girls were chosen on the strength of essays they wrote describing how life had changed since the pacifying police units, or UPPs set up shop in their communities. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)