New Times Broward-Palm Beach staff photographer Colby Katz recently got an eye-opening backstage view of the most confounding aspect of the $5 billion-a-year beauty pageant industry: contests for preschoolers.
"My project is about the ritual of getting ready," Katz says. "A behind-the-scenes look at the girls picking out their clothes, getting dressed, and having their hair and makeup done."
Katz's pictures of pageants taken earlier this year in Orlando and Atlanta earned her a trip to Amsterdam last month as one of a dozen photographers from around the world to participate in the prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass, which was held in November and is named after the late honorary chairman of the World Press Photo Foundation.
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