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Cuban girls celebrate quinceaneras amid the coronavirus

Estefani Linares poses during a photo session for her quinceanera celebration amid the coronavirus in Havana, Cuba, July 15, 2020. Cuban girls are turning face masks into a fashion accessory for their quinceanera photoshoots, designing them to match their 15th birthday party outfits - both out of safety concerns and to show how they came of age during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Estefani Linares poses during a photo session for her quinceanera celebration amid the coronavirus in Havana, Cuba, July 15, 2020. Cuban girls are turning face masks into a fashion accessory for their quinceanera photoshoots, designing them to match...more

Estefani Linares poses during a photo session for her quinceanera celebration amid the coronavirus in Havana, Cuba, July 15, 2020. Cuban girls are turning face masks into a fashion accessory for their quinceanera photoshoots, designing them to match their 15th birthday party outfits - both out of safety concerns and to show how they came of age during the coronavirus pandemic. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. Cuba made face masks obligatory in public spaces early on in the outbreak and credits them with helping it contain the spread of the coronavirus on the island. On Monday it registered zero new cases nationwide.

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Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. Cuba made face masks obligatory in public spaces early on in the outbreak and credits them with helping it contain the spread of the coronavirus on the island. On Monday it registered zero...more

Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. Cuba made face masks obligatory in public spaces early on in the outbreak and credits them with helping it contain the spread of the coronavirus on the island. On Monday it registered zero new cases nationwide. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. As the country eases lockdown restrictions, face masks are even becoming part of the quinceanera celebrations - a rite of passage into womanhood common throughout Latin America - that typically includes photoshoots with many glamorous ensembles.

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Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. As the country eases lockdown restrictions, face masks are even becoming part of the quinceanera celebrations - a rite of passage into womanhood common throughout Latin America -...more

Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. As the country eases lockdown restrictions, face masks are even becoming part of the quinceanera celebrations - a rite of passage into womanhood common throughout Latin America - that typically includes photoshoots with many glamorous ensembles. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Sofia Valenzuela poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. "I had to design my face masks to fit with my outfit and for all the colors to work," said Valenzuela, on the sidelines of a beach photoshoot in a floaty white dress. "The face mask was really important because it marked an important stage of my life, these three months of pandemic."

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Sofia Valenzuela poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. "I had to design my face masks to fit with my outfit and for all the colors to work," said Valenzuela, on the sidelines of a beach photoshoot in a floaty white dress. "The face mask...more

Sofia Valenzuela poses during a photo session for her quinceanera. "I had to design my face masks to fit with my outfit and for all the colors to work," said Valenzuela, on the sidelines of a beach photoshoot in a floaty white dress. "The face mask was really important because it marked an important stage of my life, these three months of pandemic." REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Sofia Valenzuela did some of her shoots without a mask - like the one on the beach - and others with, especially in urban spaces. In one, for example, she poses in front of a Havana wall covered in colorful graffiti while wearing a black top, black and white checkered mini skirt, and matching face mask. 

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Sofia Valenzuela did some of her shoots without a mask - like the one on the beach - and others with, especially in urban spaces. In one, for example, she poses in front of a Havana wall covered in colorful graffiti while wearing a black top, black...more

Sofia Valenzuela did some of her shoots without a mask - like the one on the beach - and others with, especially in urban spaces. In one, for example, she poses in front of a Havana wall covered in colorful graffiti while wearing a black top, black and white checkered mini skirt, and matching face mask. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Sofia Valenzuela shows a tailor a drawing of a mask she would like to wear during a photo session for her quinceanera. Her seamstress Migdalaixis Sanchez said she interlaced black and white stripes to create the material for the cloth mask. Some shops are still shut in the wake of the coronavirus-induced lockdown so creating matching masks is not always easy. "I had to innovate," she said. "You have to please those celebrating their quinceanera."

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Sofia Valenzuela shows a tailor a drawing of a mask she would like to wear during a photo session for her quinceanera. Her seamstress Migdalaixis Sanchez said she interlaced black and white stripes to create the material for the cloth mask. Some...more

Sofia Valenzuela shows a tailor a drawing of a mask she would like to wear during a photo session for her quinceanera. Her seamstress Migdalaixis Sanchez said she interlaced black and white stripes to create the material for the cloth mask. Some shops are still shut in the wake of the coronavirus-induced lockdown so creating matching masks is not always easy. "I had to innovate," she said. "You have to please those celebrating their quinceanera." REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Estefani Linares rides inside a vintage car after a photo session. Photographer Manuel Padron, who has been shooting quinceaneras for more than 10 years, says the girls find sporting a face mask - called "nasobuco" or "nose mouth" in Cuban Spanish - eye-catching "as if it was part of the whole show."

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Estefani Linares rides inside a vintage car after a photo session. Photographer Manuel Padron, who has been shooting quinceaneras for more than 10 years, says the girls find sporting a face mask - called "nasobuco" or "nose mouth" in Cuban Spanish -...more

Estefani Linares rides inside a vintage car after a photo session. Photographer Manuel Padron, who has been shooting quinceaneras for more than 10 years, says the girls find sporting a face mask - called "nasobuco" or "nose mouth" in Cuban Spanish - eye-catching "as if it was part of the whole show." REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Thaidelen Gonzalez has her make-up applied prior to a photo session. Gonzalez said it was also simply about being careful. "The photos will turn out well anyway so wearing a face mask and looking after oneself is not too onerous," she said.

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Thaidelen Gonzalez has her make-up applied prior to a photo session. Gonzalez said it was also simply about being careful. "The photos will turn out well anyway so wearing a face mask and looking after oneself is not too onerous," she...more

Thaidelen Gonzalez has her make-up applied prior to a photo session. Gonzalez said it was also simply about being careful. "The photos will turn out well anyway so wearing a face mask and looking after oneself is not too onerous," she said. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Naomi Ramos poses as she tries dresses for her quinceanera. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos poses as she tries dresses for her quinceanera. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos poses as she tries dresses for her quinceanera. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Sofia Valenzuela has her make-up applied during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Sofia Valenzuela has her make-up applied during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Sofia Valenzuela has her make-up applied during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Naomi Ramos is carried by her father during a photo session for her quinceanera. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos is carried by her father during a photo session for her quinceanera. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Naomi Ramos is carried by her father during a photo session for her quinceanera. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Estefani Linares gets ready for a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Estefani Linares gets ready for a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Estefani Linares gets ready for a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Estefani Linares walks during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Estefani Linares walks during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Estefani Linares walks during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Thaidelen Gonzalez gets ready prior to a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez gets ready prior to a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez gets ready prior to a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Thaidelen Gonzalez poses during a photo session. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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