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Since 2010 New York City-based photographer Sophie Gamand has been using her photography to explore the unique relationship between dogs and people. For an ongoing series entitled Dog Pageant Gamand has been documenting the lives of New York’s “Doggie Moms,” women and men alike who own small dogs and “the dog-oriented events that their lives revolve around.”

The “Doggie moms” are women (and sometimes men) carrying dressed up toy dogs in purses everywhere they go. Through their dogs, they meet regularly, often for animal-related charity events, and for each occasion have their dog wear hundreds of dollars in bedazzled outfits. Pet fashion designers and Pet stylists have emerged, to provide this crowd with always more garments and accessories. It is a thriving business where designers compete, and the Doggie Moms, sometimes acting like Stage Moms, would do anything to see their dogs in the spotlight. Many of these dogs even have their own Facebook page.

In 2013 New York City began hosting an annual charity dog beauty pageant, The NYC Doggies and Tiaras Pageant. The canine contestants compete categories such as talent, active wear and evening wear while attendants raise money for animal charities. That’s where Sophie Gamand took these fabulous portraits of the glamorous dogs and their devoted humans.

Visit Sophie Gamand’s website and Instagram account to check out more of her captivating canine photos, including more photos from her Dog Pageant series.

[via Neatorama and Juxtapoz]

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