Most Beautiful Flower in the Land

Mexico City has a beauty pageant that celebrates the mestizo history, the indigenous mixing with the spanish. In the pageant, everything the participants wear and do have meaning, a meaning that they must know and understand to win. The contest combats European beauty ideals, celebrating the beauty of the short, curvy, morenas with indigenous features and history. The contestants are taught pre-Hispanic history, songs, dnacing, and folklore for a week before the contest when they’re judged on presentation and cultural knowledge. Pretty interesting.

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