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Venezuela: See girls as young as FIVE train for Miss World01:41

Venezuela: See girls as young as FIVE train for Miss World

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
December 13, 2014 at 23:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

A beauty academy and modeling school in Caracas, Venezuela is teaching girls how to put on makeup and strut down the catwalk from as young as five, in the country which has produced more winners of international beauty pageants than any other nation in the world.

The beauty academy is named after its founder Gisselle Reyes, a former Miss Venezuela candidate who won the title of Miss Departamento Vargas in 1985. Determined young models pay up to $700 (€561) to learn the perfect pageant etiquette and posing techniques with the hope of one day being crowned queen.

Since its opening in 1994, the school has produced house-hold names, such as Dayana Mendoza who won Miss Universe 2008.

Two thirds of Venezuela's 30 million population tuning into the Miss Venezuela contest each year, meanwhile three of the last six Miss Universe

pageants were won by Venezuelans.

Venezuela: See girls as young as FIVE train for Miss World01:41
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A beauty academy and modeling school in Caracas, Venezuela is teaching girls how to put on makeup and strut down the catwalk from as young as five, in the country which has produced more winners of international beauty pageants than any other nation in the world.

The beauty academy is named after its founder Gisselle Reyes, a former Miss Venezuela candidate who won the title of Miss Departamento Vargas in 1985. Determined young models pay up to $700 (€561) to learn the perfect pageant etiquette and posing techniques with the hope of one day being crowned queen.

Since its opening in 1994, the school has produced house-hold names, such as Dayana Mendoza who won Miss Universe 2008.

Two thirds of Venezuela's 30 million population tuning into the Miss Venezuela contest each year, meanwhile three of the last six Miss Universe

pageants were won by Venezuelans.

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