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Beauty Vs. Brains in Venezuela?

The Venezuelan Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza

The Venezuelan Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza


Venezuela has no shortage of beautiful women. One proof of that statement is the fact that the current Miss Universe is the lovely Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela. Unfortunately Miss Mendoza has reinforced the stereotype of the beautiful airhead with some recent comments.

Here’s an excerpt from Hugo Rifkind’s funny piece for the Times Online:

“Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela to her friends – has just had a marvellous holiday. “It was a loooot of fun!” she wrote, on her Miss Universe blog. “I didn’t want to leave. It was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.”

What paradise was this? Hawaii, perhaps? Koh Samui? The Bahamas? “The water in Guantánamo Bay,” she continued, “is soooo beautiful!” Oh.

“We had a wonderful time,” she adds. “This truly was a memorable trip! We also met the military dogs, and they did a very nice demonstration of their skills. We visited the detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how they recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting.” Later, they went to the beach, where Miss Universe bought a necklace made out of little bits of glass. It will remind her of Guantánamo, she sighs, for ever.”

Do read his piece, it’s hilarious. Ah, well. We don’t choose a Miss Universe for her overpowering IQ, in spite of the essay question.