Is the Mexican Miss Universe more than just a pretty face?


I was too busy following the primary election in Arizona this week to notice that Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, won the Miss Universe contest.

Sadly, the progressive Latino candidate for U.S. Senate, Randy Parraz, lost the Democratic primary but hopefully he will run again for office. We need more candidates like him to speak out against Republicans like Gov. Jan Brewer, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Sen. John McCain. The moral of the story is that you need money to win and McCain, who spent more than $20 million on his Republican primary, is proof of that.

Now back to Miss Universe. I was channel surfing Monday night and stopped to watch a few minutes of the question and answer period of the pageant. Miss Philippines give a non-answer to a question about what's the biggest mistake she ever made in her life and how did she handle it. She said something like I'm perfect and I've never made any mistakes in life. I have no regrets. It made me want to throw up. So that's when I turned off the television and missed Miss Mexico win the title.

I've read that Miss Mexico answered a question from one of the celebrity judges, Olympian Evan Lysacek, about unsupervised Internet use.

"I do believe that Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time," she said through an interpreter. "We must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family."

Frankly, I'm not impressed. And I wish we didn't have beauty pageants at all. It's ridiculous watching women parade around in ball gowns and bikinis. But more than 600 million people around the world tuned it to watch.

I would like to see these women have to answer really hard questions. Here are a few questions I would like to ask the Mexican Miss Universe myself:

1) What impact has the drug war had on everyday people in Mexico and what can the governments of the United States and Mexico do to address the problem?

2) Has enough attention been paid to the femicide, or the murder of hundreds of women in the border city of Juarez, and what can you do as Miss Universe to call attention to this story?

3) Just this week authorities found a mass grave of 72 Latin American migrants in Northern Mexico. Can you explain why some immigrants will risk their lives to migrate to the United States?

Now if these questions are too hard I have some backup questions:

1) Where can you get the best margaritas in your hometown of Guadalajara?

2) What's your favorite love song by Mexican pop star Luis Miguel and why?

3) Who has better fashion sense, the late Frida Kahlo or Salma Hayek?

Her answers will be sealed in an envelope and sent to Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization with NBC, for review and approval. Hopefully, he won't fire her.

Seriously, it's great to celebrate the success of a Mexican woman and I hope she continues to show intelligence and class.

"I want the whole world to know about my country and my people," Navarrete said after winning.

She also fielded a question from reporters about Arizona's immigration law SB1070.

"Every country has the right to impose and enact their laws," she said. "But I tell you that all the Mexicans and the Latins that are living here in the United States are hardworking people -- people who want to improve on their quality of life."

Hopefully, she can play a positive role in breaking stereotypes about Mexico and Mexicans. I hope she will be more than just una cara bonita.


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  • There's only ONE Ms. Universe and her name is Teresa Puente

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