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Indiana University
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

7-Year-Old Brazilian Girl Lands Coveted Carnival Role of Sexy Muse

In child welfare matters, every family law system must carefully balance between excessively intervening given parental rights, and not intervening enough to protect children’s interests.  This dilemma has most recently arisen in the Brazil, where a 7-year-old girl has been given the sexy role of being the drum corps queen during the Carnival—that of a sexy muse. 

From the Washington Post:   

RIO DE JANEIRO -- She is the Shirley Temple of samba, a 7-year-old named to a coveted Carnival role normally reserved for barely clad models who have undergone more plastic surgeries than little Julia Lira has seen birthdays. Naming the girl drum corps queen for the Viradouro samba group is raising eyebrows even in a city that has seen everything during the annual mega-party that begins next week.

A judge is considering blocking Julia's participation. A state agency that defends children's rights says she's too young to take on a traditionally sexy role. But the girl's father, who happens to be the president of the Viradouro group, says Julia is a natural who can easily samba through the 80-minute parade route in Rio's sweltering summer heat.

Read the rest here.


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