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Dolls take center stage at the Miss Barbie Venezuela 2010 beauty pageant

These gentlemen take playing with dolls to a whole new, and competitive, level.

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A contestant combs his Barbie doll, "Shantal Martinez Gruber" before entering the doll in the Miss Barbie Venezuela 2010 beauty pageant as "Miss Guarico" in Caracas on Dec. 9. Contestants adorn their dolls, who all have their own names, body measurements and even invented professions, with make-up and the latest fashions in the hope of winning the Miss Barbie Venezuela title and progressing through to the Miss Barbie Universe contest.

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Ricardo Mendible changes the clothes of his Barbie doll, "Gabriella Isabella Del Rosario Medina Acosta" before entering the doll in the Miss Barbie Venezuela 2010 beauty pageant as "Miss Apure" in Caracas on De. 11.

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Ricardo Mendible presents his Barbie doll, "Gabriella Isabella Del Rosario Medina Acosta" entering the competition as "Miss Apure" to the judges during the Miss Barbie Venezuela 2010 beauty pageant in Caracas on Dec. 11.

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A contestant places his Barbie doll on a table during the Miss Barbie Venezuela 2010 beauty pageant in Caracas Dec. 11.

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Jose Sanchez, organizer and host of the Miss Barbie Venezuela 2010 beauty pageant places ken dolls on the stage during the contest in Caracas Dec. 11.

Designers and Barbie doll fanatics compete with their adorned dolls in Venezuela's Miss Barbie contest. TODAYshow.com's Dara Brown reports.