Rio De Janeiro: Brazil`s Carnival, long a symbol of youth, beauty and sex, added a mature twist early Tuesday (February 24, 2009) by giving two women in their 40s a chance to dance nearly nude at the head of their samba parades.
Some of Brazil`s most beautiful women battle it out each year to become their school`s ÃÂdrum queenÃÂ and lead their parades by furiously dancing samba in little more than glittery body paint, an enormous headdress and dangerously tall high heels.
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Image: Gracyanne Barbosa, queen of the drums` section of Mangueira samba school, performs at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009