Maysa prays before her turn on stage during the final contest for Miss São Paulo 2015.
Laryssa and Rayssa gaze into the camera. The twins are nine years old, but have been modeling since they were 11 months old. They do their own hair and make-up before going to contests and parties. They can earn up to about $650 a month.
Bruna Figueiredo Rodriguez strikes a pose for Luisa Dörr's camera during the national finals for Young Miss Brazil 2014. She was the reigning Miss Minas Gerais, a landlocked state in eastern Brazil. She did not win.
Kathellen Cristina, Nicoly Leandra Reginato, and Rafaela Santos Corassa wait in a limo before the national finals for Young Miss Brazil 2014.
Maysa Martins strikes a pensive pose at the 2014 finals. She had come to watch the contest. She'd been dreaming of being a Miss since she was small. Six months later, she became a candidate, winning her state's Black Beauty contest.
Miss Brazil Bahia waits to change her dress, minutes before parading before judges at the final contest for Young Miss Brazil 2014.
Kathleen Da Silva and Daniela Tereza Gaspar wait for Young Miss competitors to get out of their limousines. They both dream of being Misses and wearing the winning sash.
Young Miss contestants spin in their dresses during a competition. Girls must be between ages 8 and 12 to participate in the contests.
Maysa perches on the armrest of a chair in her home. She lives in the Brasilândia slum on the edge of São Paulo.
Kamila Kung, Princess of the state of Santa Catarina, stands amid piles of dresses. She was competing in the final contest for Young Miss Brazil 2014.
Maysa waits to leave for the Young Miss São Paulo competition with her 5-year-old sister Luana, and her mother Ana. They took a bus and train to reach the contest, traveling for nearly two hours. She won the title of Young Miss São Paulo Black Beauty.
A green dress hangs on a windowpane in Maysa's home in Brasilândia.
Maysa struts the catwalk at the Young Miss São Paulo competition in January 2015. She won the title of Young Miss São Paulo Black Beauty.