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There is a saying among Venezuelans: “Venezuela’s main exports are petrol and beautiful women.” Known primarily for its natural wonders, its ex-president Hugo Chavez and its crime rates, Venezuela is a country where beauty is taken to the next level. Miss Venezuela transcends any other national beauty contest and over the decades it has become a trademark for the country, transforming a TV show into a national pride seen by millions of people.
Families around the country gather in front of the screen to watch the show. In a place where people have found in satellite TV a way to avoid state-controlled media, this beauty pageants is the most seen show of the year with an audience’s share never below 60%. The day after the pageant, the new ‘queen’ is all over the newspapers, and the results creates a debate worthy of a presidential campaign. Venezuelans elect their queen, which symbolizes more than a woman. She becomes an icon, a symbol of beauty and nationhood.
For many women, modeling offers a chance to leave one of most dangerous countries in the world - where unemployment and a strict currency control make it difficult to look for opportunities abroad. According to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, 24.980 people were killed in 2014 – ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear was among those victims. With constant class tension and when and bloody confrontation is part of daily life, the election of a Venezuelan “goddess” is a rare source of common ground in the society.
"I've been modeling since I was 5," said Josbey Arcia. "I believe this industry pushes you to your limits. You need to have personality. Being a model is fantastic, being on a catwalk while people look at you, knowing that some girls hope to be you some day. It's incredible."
Venezuela holds the record for the most “Miss Universe” titles in the world (7) and is Guinness World Record holder for winning two years in a row (2008, 2009). Gabriela Isler, Miss Venezuela 2013 and current Miss Universe, will pass the crown next January 25th in Miami.
Migbelis Lynette, a 19-year-old from Cabimas will represent Venezuela in the most important beauty pageant of the year. However, Venezuelans do not choose the most natural girl. The country is a paradise for plastic surgery in terms of price and quality. 35,000 to 40,000 breast enlargements take place every year, and Miss Venezuela contestants are no exception.
Advertisements can be found everywhere, acting as a reminder that you can always look better. Women are aware of the influence of commercial media, but that does not diminish a perpetual competition of the prettiest. The definition of beauty gets lost between scalpel and silicone, and perfection is the ultimate goal.
These beauty queens have set a standard that many young girls hope to achieve one day. Modeling school becomes another extracurricular activity, just like ballet or theatre, making experience crucial to success in the business.
Five-year-old girls learn how to walk with heeled shoes and learn basic modeling movements and photo-shoot skills, so that when they reach fifteen they are ready for the big catwalks.
Iran is the world’s leading nation in the number of nose plastic surgeries. Since Iran’s revolution in 1979 and formation of an Islamic government, the youth have had the most difficulty in dealing with and accepting the restrictions placed on them. The laws were especially restrictive on the female population who were required to wear a mandatory hijab and dress traditionally when in public. Ironically these restrictions on appearance have made good looks and physical appearance very important for Iran’s youth and a huge number of them are opting to undergo corrective surgery to “improve” their features. Nose surgery is the most popular despite it costing $5,000. The procedure is painful and can take up to two hours but this has not affected the number of young people who want it. Another factor is that many of the ‘surgeons’ are not medically trained but are jumping on the opportunity to make a great deal of money from this craze of vanity. This story focuses on a few young people before and after their operations.
04.06.2014 - Beirut, Lebanon. A girl texts during a roof-top party. The night-life scene in Beirut is one of the most important in the world, with record-breaking sound systems and growing interests for clubbing among youngsters
A team of surgeons from Los Angeles, California flew to Jordan to perform 45 surgeries in just five days on children and young adults living with physical deformities. The trip was organized by the Children of War Foundation, a non-profit which provides access to donated surgical care to children living with physical deformities or injuries. Board member and celebrity doctor Andrew Ordon, a host of "The Doctors", joined the team which included highly specialized surgeons from Children's Hospital Los Angeles. As Amy Hybels reports, the team wasted no time consulting and operating with the doctors at the King Hussein Medical Center on some of their most difficult cases, transforming lives one operation at a time.
24 year old Sheyda Oskui, an Iranian girl who had a nose job in Tehran. The picture shows her face before the surgery.
An Iranian woman and man sit in their house and eat ice-cream
An Iranian woman and man sit in their house and eat ice-cream while he talks about his nose surgery experience.
An Iranian woman stares at her nose and face in the mirror for the first time after the surgery, as her parents speak to Dr. Kiarash and complement his work.
Dr. Kiarash takes the bandages off an Iranian woman's face to check on her nose after the surgery.
May, 2013 Tehran, an Iranian woman at her house after surgery
May, 2013 Tehran, Iranian woman in a private party shortly after her nose plastic surgery.
A 26 year old Iranian woman during her nose surgery in the operating-room.
Photos from different angles of Sarmin's face before her surgery, in the operating-room.
X-Rays of an Iranian woman's face at a hospital in Tehran's.
Dr. Kiarash stitches an Iranian woman's nose in the operating-room in a hospital in Tehran.
An Iranian woman rests after her surgery, as her mother stands over her.
Pictures of Dr. Kiarash's patients on the wall of his clinic.
A 26 year old Iranian woman sits in her house with her friend and asks for her opinion about the surgery she is about to undergo.
35 year old Iranian, Reza Beigi, who recently had nose surgery, at his house in Tehran.
35 year old Iranian Reza Beigi, in his house after his recent surgery.
35 year old Reza Beigi plays PlayStation with his friend, in his house, two days after his surgery .
24 year old Iranian Sheyda Oskui recently had nose surgery. She has to wear a bandage over her nose for the duration of the recovery player.
May, 2013 Tehran
An Iranian woman at a private party shortly after her nose plastic surgery.
Iranian man with the bandages of his recent nose surgery.
According to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, 24.980 people were killed in 2014 in Venezuela. Ex Miss Venezuela Monica Spear was among those victims. Modeling offers an chance to leave one of most dangerous countries in the world where unemployment and a strict currency control make it difficult to look for opportunities abroad.
Modeling events are a key element in the preparation of these young girls. The empowerment of Miss Venezuela and the success that comes with it make girls pursue their dreams at an early age.
Girls practice for the "Miss Girl Venezuela" contest. Venezuela has hundreds of beauty contest that can take place anywhere: neighborhoods; schools; malls and even prisons.
Plastic surgery ads are part of Caracas's urban landscape.
A girl practices for the "Miss Girl Venezuela" contest while her teacher supervises her in the back.
Women suffer severe pain in the injected area, reaching a point where they can't sit for more than 30 minutes.
Besides catwalk and photo shoot lessons, students have to learn other skills such as make up, diction, oratory or protocol.
Make up class underway for aspiring beauty queens.
Venezuelan women are very sophisticated consumers of cosmetics and fashion, spending more on cosmetics that any other Latin American country.
Venezuela's endless pursuit of perfection has brought severe health issues such has side effects of biopolymers, a very popular injected substance aimed at increasing the volume of the gluteus that turned out to cause necrosis among other symptoms.
A runway show is about to begin in Caracas. For many women, modeling also offers a chance to leave one of most dangerous countries in the world - where unemployment and a strict currency control make it difficult to look for opportunities abroad.
Backstage during a modeling event in Caracas.
Backstage during a modeling event in Caracas. Modeling school becomes another extracurricular activity, just like ballet or theatre, making experience crucial to success in the business.
These events give an opportunity for the girls to apply what they have learned and to feel what is like to be on a catwalk.
A modeling event is underway in Caracas.
Backstage during a modeling event in Caracas.