The Politics of Miss Venezuela: Race, Gender, and National Identity

Sam Burns

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The project created a dual timeline of the political history of Venezuela from the 20th Century-present with the different iterations of the Miss Venezuela pageant. The project investigated the beauty pageant as a site of political discourse: both in the explicitly democratic and feminist protests that took place at the site of pageants, and the symbolic political aesthetics of the pageant and the contestants. Additionally, the project traced how the image of the Venezuelan woman was used as a political symbol by the opposing political parties (representing the conflict between international neoliberalism v. nationalist leftism).

Department:

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies

Mentor(s):

Mariela Mendez