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Beauty factory023
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
18 Aug 2012

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.

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Beauty factory024
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
18 Aug 2012

These events attract not only family and friends but also talent scouts and promoters.

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Beauty factory021
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
17 Aug 2012

Modeling events in Venezuela are key in the formation of these young girls.

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Beauty factory019
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
16 Aug 2012

Weight and diet become an important element. Teenagers are encouraged to follow specific diets to achieve the physical standard require by Miss Venezuela and other beauty pageants. Wendy Guillaon, a nutritionist, assess a student.

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Beauty factory009
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
14 Aug 2012

"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."

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Beauty factory010
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
14 Aug 2012

Girls practice modeling movements at the "Girls Models" academy in Caracas.

Beauty factory030
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
13 Aug 2012

35,000 to 40,000 breast enlargement procedures are performed each year.

Beauty factory035
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
13 Aug 2012

Miss Venezuela candidates from the Giselle Reyes academy. Each year this academy prepares the aspirants to the crown, who will become a reference for younger generations.

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Beauty factory003
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
10 Aug 2012

Miss Venezuela is considered one of the main events of the year. Families gather around the TV to watch a 5 hour show where the new queen is elected. Promoters try to innovate a contest that some considered old fashioned and have transformed this year's contest into a reality show.

Beauty factory032
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
09 Aug 2012

A damaged breast prosthesis from the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). This company generated controversy back in 2011 when their prosthesis were said to break easily and to be a health hazard.

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Beauty factory012
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
08 Aug 2012

Rodrigo Garcia, director of "Girls Model Venezuela", monitors a new student while a girl practices basic modeling movements in the back.

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Beauty factory005
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
07 Aug 2012

Girls in Venezuela start modeling at an early age. In an industry where being 25 is considered being old, girls start practising since they are 3. Every year promoters such as Osmel Souza, director of Miss Venezuela, scout teenagers looking for new talent.

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Beauty factory007
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
07 Aug 2012

Attention to detail is crucial in both the teacher and student. Edgar David teaches girls from 5 years of age up to 19 years how to walk with heeled shoes and learn basic modeling movements and photo-shoot skills, ensuring they perform their routines flawlessly.

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Beauty factory008
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
07 Aug 2012

Modelling academies are one of the main extracurricular activities in Venezuela, with more than 60 centres just in Caracas.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
04 Aug 2012

A breast enlargement procedure in Venezuela. Advertising, and the fact that they'™re known as the country that manufactures Miss Universes, create social pressure among women to seek physical perfection.

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Beauty factory006
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
30 Jul 2012

Girls practice at the academy "Model Girls" in Caracas.

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Beauty factory004
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
29 Jul 2012

A board shows different positions learned during a modeling class.

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Beauty factory011
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
29 Jul 2012

Girls practice at the "Girls Models" academy in Caracas.

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Beauty factory013
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
27 Jul 2012

Girls have to pass a personal interview before enrolling in any modeling academy.