Prison Beauty Pageant – level 3
Last week’s Friday was a special day at Rio de Janeiro’s maximum-security prison for women, as it hosted its annual beauty pageant for its inmates.
The prison selected ten inmates to style their hair, don dresses and swap their cells for a catwalk. One prisoner said that even though she was imprisoned, she did feel like it for a moment.
The participants of the event were judged not only on their beauty but also their sympathy and attitude. A crowd of 440 inmates, as well as their relatives, cheered them on. Apart from the prison’s pageant title, the winner also received a fan and a hair straightener.
The event’s aim is to improve the inmates’ self-esteem and give them a chance to meet with their loved ones.
Difficult words: annual (happening every year), beauty pageant (an event when people try to look their best and others look and judge them), inmate (prisoner), don (put on), attitude (the way you act and what you think), self-esteem (self-respect).
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