Life's Rich: Dream Girls USA Pageant

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By Jennifer Silverberg

1.The talent competition at the Dream Girls USA pageant ranged from ballet, singing, dramatic monologues and comedic bits and gymnastics routines.

Young girls wearing long, formal dresses with satin sashes, their crowns speckled in rhinestones, scurry to the bathroom to check themselves in the mirror one last time. They hover between panic and exhilaration in their Cinderella-wear. Mothers, too, are frenzied and, of course, doting. Soon, they'll be watching their little princesses perform. The three-day journey to become Dream Girls USA royalty is about to begin. Cameras are not typically allowed into the pageants, but photographer Jennifer Silverberg documented the event with permission of the organizers. Here is her photo story.