Venezuela’s Body Image Crisis

Venezuela's Body Image Crisis

Body image as physical beauty is a point of pride in Venezuela.  Venezuela’s won more international beauty titles than any other county.  It can also boast producing the most runners up and top ten finishers in international competition.

Body Image a Point of Contention

The Miss Venezuela pageant draws thousands of entrants per year, each vying for one of the 3 dozen titles that will enable them to participate in the final event.  And when the finals are televised, two out of every three Venezuelan TVs are tuned into the four hour telecast.

Venezuela’s obsession with physical comeliness has created an industry of beauty salons and plastic surgeons to tend to pageant contestants and women who feel pressured to look like them.

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