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Debutantes Still Come Out in Withering Economy

<p>Debutantes from Texas practice their curtsy during the 54th International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.</p>



<p>Patricia Poekel, left, of Summit, N.J. and Nikos Odysseas Papagapitos, second from left, speak to Lauren Brown, of Manhatan, right, as she fixes her sister Elizabeth's hair during the 54th International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.</p>



<p>A debutante is escorted to the stage during the 54th International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.</p>



<p>Abigail Israel Tufts of New York, curtsies while being presented during the 54th International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.</p>



<p>articipants are photographed during the 54th International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.</p>