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In photos: Brazilian prison crowns Miss Penitentiary 2011

Around 100 inmates participated in this year’s prison beauty pageant.

Inmates celebrate as the winner is announced yesterday.
Inmates celebrate as the winner is announced yesterday.
Image: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

ONE LUCKY woman has beaten around 100 fellow contestants to secure a coveted beauty pageant title: Miss Brasilia Penitentiary 2011.

Several Brazilian prisons take part in the annual event, which is judged by a modelling agency. Of the dozens who participated, just 12 were selected for the final.

But only one inmate could take the crown:

In photos: Brazilian prison crowns Miss Penitentiary 2011
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  • Prison Beauty Contest

    Inmate Raira Paixao waves to the crowd after being elected as Miss Penitentiary 2011. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
  • Prison Beauty Contest

    An inmate shows her tattoo while participating in the Miss Penitentiary beauty contest at the Women's Prison of Brasilia, Brazil, yesterday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
  • Prison Beauty Contest

    Prison guards watch as the prison beauty contest gets under way. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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