In a few weeks the Miss Universe's beauty contest is celebrated, while Chile will be represented by a thin brunette woman with a devastating smile and a distinct Venezuelan accent.
Andrea Díaz Valencia was born and raised in Venezuela, learned to move her hips from the age of 12 and walked gracefully at a local modeling academy. At the age of 19, he won a competition organized by the city's baseball team and became a goodwill ambassador.
But Diaz's career changed course when he traveled to Panama twenty years ago, then moved to Mexico to work as a model that later became a crisis-free business type in Venezuela. Three years ago, she moved to Chile, where most of her family moved.
At the age of 26, Díaz says that immigrants represent the "new Chile," an inclusive country in which they are looking for new opportunities in preparing for the event in a sports hall in Santiago.
Because thousands of people escape from the food shortage and the inflation expected to exceed one million every day from Venezuela, dozens of beautiful beauty queen go to work as a model or in the media. Abroad.
Some even perform parades with countries they accept for international beauty contests.
Next month, a former participant in Miss Venezuela will be represented in the Miss World contest in China. And recently, in Miss Tierra, celebrated in the Philippines, she competed with two Venezuelans, Peru and Spain.
Jessica Russo, representing her mother in Peru, said that her dream of becoming a beauty queen wasn't over when she came to her new country a year ago. He failed to stay in the final, but said he would train the competition for more contests he hoped to win.
Beauty contests have been increasing expectations as much as baseball in Venezuela, a country that has been dazzling and beautiful in appearance for years. Nation is the leader in the international beauty contest: she won seven Miss Universe crowns and six Miss World titles.
While critics recognize it as gay and obsolete competitions, many in Venezuela have said that hundreds of women from all walks of life have helped them start their career as a career, television, news programs, actors and conductors. An older lady was mayor of Venezuela, the mayor of Caracas and, although she failed, showed herself as a presidential candidate.
However, as the economy of Venezuela falls, many national competitions no longer offer a direct way to work. Live fashion shows are suspended, television productions have slowed down, and companies such as fashion brands are increasingly avoiding investing in advertising.
Giselle Reyes runs four modeling schools, which are called ı beauty universities dört for young people in the country. Approximately 70% of the graduates of the centers have left the country in recent decades, other countries, Mexico, Colombia or the United States will work as a model estimates.
Adorned with photos of celebrities who won beauty contests in the Caracas workshop, Reyes admits she now has a problem finding trainers who left the country when she had the chance.
Even the most competitive competition in Venezuela seems not to guarantee its graduates a job in the nation.
Each year, on a nationwide basis, Ms. Venezuelan elects 24 participants who spend six months in a challenging academy, which includes daily trainings, modeling lessons, and instructor talks that sometimes restrict students from spending their operations. cosmetic surgery.
However, the 2015 edition of participants at least 17 & # 39; have profiles on social networking According to Mexico, Colombia, Turkey and even India & # 39; also seems to be working. Data in 2014 is similar among participants.
Most of the Venezuelan beauty queens abroad, he says, help their country's stringent preparations to succeed. But they were also relieved to get rid of the rigorous standards applied by the organizers of the events.
When he was living in Venezuela, Díaz said he had a skin cleansing that went wrong, leaving little scars and reddish stains on both cheeks. Venezuela modeling agencies began to reject it.
In Chile, Diaz won the lady despite points easily covered with make-up. He could enter the competition because his father is Chile.
Now, as he prepares for the Miss Universe contest in Thailand next month, the model jury hopes she won't focus on her physical characteristics but hopes to see her as a cosmopolitan woman moving across the world to achieve her goal. . She says she dreams about being a motivator and working with young people on self-esteem issues.
Associated Press journalist Manuel Rueda received information from Bogotá, Colombia and Eva Vergara from Santiago, Chile. AP journalists Joeal Calupitan in the Philippines, the Philippines and Clbyburn Saint John in Caracas, Venezuela contributed to this office.
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