Daughters of High Society Attend Debutante Ball in New York City

PHOTO: Debutantes pose for a photo during the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Debutantes pose for a photo during the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

It’s a meet and greet, but only for the elite.

Kind of like the Bachelorette (only way more exclusive), the 60th annual International Debutante Ball sets the scene for upper class women to mingle with future husbands, friends and business contacts.

PHOTO: Debutantes and guests attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Debutantes and guests attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

On Sunday, Dec. 28, 775 attendants gathered at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria in New York City, where 46 debutantes were presented from around the world.

Since 1954, participants have been honoring the tradition in white princess-style gowns and long satin gloves.

PHOTO: Debutantes attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Debutantes attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

PHOTO: Debutantes attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Debutantes attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

The young women are the daughters of some of the world’s wealthiest families, are of college age, and attend prestigious universities.

PHOTO: Debutante Caroline Cooper of Texas attends the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Debutante Caroline Cooper of Texas attends the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

According to the organization’s website, the evening begins with a receiving line where guests meet the debutantes and candid photos are snapped.

The ladies meet with the sons and families of ambassadors, world leaders and business giants.

PHOTO: A general view of atmosphere during the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.Andrew Toth/Getty Images
A general view of atmosphere during the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

Cocktails, dinner, and dancing follow where each debutante is then presented by an escort in a white tie and coat tails.

PHOTO: Debutante Sarah Mathison of Virginia attends the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Debutante Sarah Mathison of Virginia attends the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

One at a time each young lady walks down the center of the ballroom to take a bow while an orchestra plays a song relevant to the country or state she’s representing.

PHOTO: Debutantes and guests attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Debutantes and guests attend the 60th International Debutante Ball at The Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City.

The Debutante Ball was started by New York socialite Beatrice Dinsmore Joyce. Proceeds from the ball will be donated to The Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club, the American Ballet Theater, and other organizations.

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