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In pictures: Favela fashion

Three models prepare to hit the catwalk in Sao Paulo

With minutes to go before they hit Sao Paulo Fashion Week's catwalks, the AfroReggae models were in a confident mood.

Models prepare to show off the clothes

The Rio-based cultural group is known for its music but was hoping to make its mark in the fashion world.

Male model shows off a green and yellow ensemble

Designer Marcelo Sommer drew on his experiences working in Rio shantytowns to produce a vibrant collection.

A model strides across the stage at the Sao Paulo fashion show

The stage provided a dramatic and colourful backdrop to the styles on offer.

Model wears a colourful dress during the parade

Marcelo Sommer describes his collection as casual, colourful and optimistic.

Models pose for the camera

Among the styles there was plenty of beachwear on show - ideal for a group based in Rio de Janeiro.

An AfroReggae drummer accompanies the show

It would not have been an AfroReggae event without music.

An Afroreggae model talks to the media

The show, which drew a standing ovation from the audience, attracted a lot of media interest.

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