Wednesday, April 11, 2007

You Should See the Thong That Goes With It

So if you're dying to visit Mexico but can't decide when to come, you should know that the Miss Universe Pageant will be held here on May 28. Whether that's a vote for or against coming is for you to decide.

Miss Mexico 2007 - who is not called "Señorita Mexico" but, rather, "Our Mexican Beauty" - is Rosa María Ojeda Cuen - pronounced, we're pretty sure, "Koughan". Ms Ojeda made news this week when she unveiled her outfit for the "traditional native dress" part of the competition. Miss Mex will be clad in an homage to the Cristeros, the bands of rural Catholics who rose up violently against the Mexican government's supression of the Church in the 1920s. With an enormous crucifix on her 34-inch bust (inscribed "Get away, enemy, the heart of Jesus is with me"), a cartridge-belt encircling her 23-inch waist, and a dozen rosaries ringing her 34-inch hips, she'll be honoring, she says, the unheralded women of the Cristero movement. That's the Virgin of Guadalupe there between her legs.

The Cristeros were, depending on your viewpoint, either terrorists or freedom-fighters. (We're agnostic on this point. The long-oppressive Church was being oppressed by the newly-oppressive State. It's hard to pick a side in this one.) But the uprising was undoubtedly one of the bloodiest periods in Mexican history. Atrocities were committed on both sides, and by the time it was over 90,000 people had been slaughtered. As beauty-contest fare goes, this is an odd choice, no? It's hard to come up with a perfect analogy, but it's roughly as if Miss USA decided to dress as John Brown, with a midriff-baring tribute to Harper's Ferry.

Happily, her bikini-and-high-heels ensemble are entirely noncontroversial.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if I can borrow that dress to wear to Jim's wedding?

M