Betto Almeida is the Mr Lucky of Rio's Carnival.
The 36-year-old artist awakes at 8 am. Has a little breakfast. Survives a commute through the city's tough traffic. Arrives at the office by 11.
Then he spends hours painting the bodies of gorgeous women - and earning as much as $US2,000 ($A3,076) a day.
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"You wouldn't believe how many applications I get for an assistant," Almeida deadpanned, never taking his eyes from his work as he brushed bright orange paint on the stomach of a model in his glass-enclosed studio under the grandstands at the Sambadrome, where Rio's Carnival parades ended.
"But it's hard work, man. I take my job seriously."