Beauty contests are not anything new when we talk about the beauty of women, especially that of us Latina women. The most popular contests today are based on the presence and appearance of the candidates on a runway to select the queen that will “represent” us as the most beautiful.
Here in the US the tradition has continued since 1850 when the first contest was organized, which offered prizes to the winner depending on her marital status. If she was married, she received a small diamond crown; if she was single, she received a dowry. Over the years – even though the rules have not changed much – we hear more often about cultural contests that unlike Miss Universe and other similar contests, offer the chance to be more than just a beauty queen. At these events, the crown is not awarded to the most beautiful contestant. The winner is the one who stands out for her intelligence and education, becoming an example to follow for young women in the city.