Miss Venezuela Pageant Under Fire for Corruption Claims

By Rachel Dranetz on March 28, 2018

In the midst of the social and political unrest here in the US, it was announced that the Miss Venezuela pageant has been suspended after allegations of corruption and prostitution emerged.

The Miss Venezuela Beauty Pageant has been running for over 40 years, but this year, former pageant participants have alleged that other contestants had been receiving money from businessmen, ministers, and government officials in exchange for sexual favors. In light of these accusations, casting for Miss Venezuela and Mister Venezuela has been suspended, pending internal review.

“The controversy began after an anti-corruption case against the state oil company was launched and a number of people arrested late last year.

Miss Venezuela contestants then came forward and alleged that some women who had taken part in the competition benefited from government corruption.

Former contestants were alleged to have received luxurious gifts and other monetary rewards in exchange for sex. Four former finalists shared that many contestants had been pressured into the illicit exchange, hoping that officials would use their influence to sway the results of the pageant.

Cisneros Media, which is heading the investigation into the prostitution claims, stated, “Due to the acts recently described through social media, anonymous blogs and by some of the people who had a close relation with the Miss Venezuela [organization], it’s been decided that there will be an internal investigation.

This scandal unfolded when last week, 1997 Miss Venezuela contestant Annarella Bono called out other former Miss Venezuela participants on social media.

“On Thursday, Miss Venezuela 2013 Migbelis Castellanos told Telemundo morning show ‘Un Nuevo Dia’ that she personally experienced ‘sponsorship invitations’ in the years leading up to the national pageant. She also said she saw how other contestants received luxury items of “dubious origin” that they couldn’t have otherwise afforded. 

“Venezuelans can be sure that the organization will not hesitate to take the necessary measures to assure no acts against our rules, values and ethical and moral principles take place during our activities,” said Jonathan Blum, the president of Cisneros Media.

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Sources:

1. BBC News

2. The Times

3. NBC

Rachel is an English (Editing, Writing, and Media) major doubling in Classical Civ. After she gets her degrees, she aspires to work mher way into editing and publishing, so that she can help bring new books into the world.

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