First Miss Venezuela crowned after ditching measurements
CARACAS - AFP
Thalia Olvino prevailed in Caracas on Aug. 1 after organizers, facing criticism for the contest's primary focus on physical appearance, said they wanted to push back against stereotypes about what an ideal woman looks like.
"I did this with all my heart and total dedication," Olvino said after the pageant during which contestants paraded on stage in swimsuits nevertheless.
In the past presenters would tell the audience the exact size of each contestant, many of whom underwent cosmetic surgery and followed strict diets to achieve the supposedly ideal physique: a 90-centimeter bust, 60-centimeter waist and 90-centimeter hips. But this year organizers tried to shift the focus, quizzing the contestants about their character. "Determination," "excellence" and "initiative," marketing student Olvino replied when asked to highlight her main qualities.
One of those is frequent blackouts and a spokeswoman for the pageant last week revealed that the contest did not have enough money to put in place contingency measures in case of a power outage.
Several beauty queens sent messages of solidarity to the Venezuelan people.