10/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Inside Venezuela's Beauty Pageant Schools

The graduates were candidates for this year's Miss Venezuela contest and Sousa, president of the pageant, was their proud headmaster. Last night, the new Miss Venezuela was crowned in an arena of 15,000 fans; the show beamed into millions of homes. This is the biggest event in the Caracas calendar and for the winner, stardom awaits. As Roland Carreño, a Venezuelan pundit, says: "Miss Venezuela has always been a dream factory."

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