The annual pageant was held at the Talavera Bruce women’s prison in Rio de Janeiro and was won by a woman serving 39 years for robbery.
One of the toughest women prisons in the world played host to the annual Miss Criminal 2015 beauty pageant. It was held at the Talavera Bruce women’s prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.This year's winner was 27 year old Michelle Neri Rangel.
She has been behind bars since 2010, when she was sentenced to 39 years for robbery - with an additional six years added on for prostitution inside the prison.
The women try on different dresses, have their makeup and hair styled by volunteers and even perform catwalk poses in the Miss World-style contest.The contest aims to boost the self-esteem of female inmates and is supported by community and church groups.