Manolo shouts, Debutantes!!
Fifty young "debs" stepped out into Manhattan society late Wednesday amid 700 guests invited to the well-bred event. They were following in the steps of a tradition initially conceived as a grand charitable occasion by a former dame of New York society, Beatrice Joyce.

The debutantes, mostly from the United States but including some from Europe and Asia, formed an elegant line attended to by ladies in waiting or by well-groomed young beaus in tails.

Some of the young ladies' pursuits however might have raised Joyce's eyebrows if she had been present at the event.

Jennifer Telling, 18, loves rollerblading, is passionate about helicopters and is an aspiring astronaut.
Manolo says, not just debutantes, but astronaut debutantes!

The America, it is indeed the great country!