Apparently Colombia won something last night.
This is an image (shot from way at the back of the convention center) from the Miss Colombia pageant I attended all those years ago in Cartagena. You know the one: “Man with man with woman with man with woman with woman,” the infamous response by Miss Antioquia.
And after thinking long and hard about the event and what I had seen, I decided against publishing an article about it. I still remember what I wanted to publish after seeing the swimsuit competition in the Hilton Hotel and observing moneyed types flinging cash at the girls and downing aguardiente. And then, I can remember as clearly as if it were yesterday, the rumours surrounding some of the girls having connecting rooms in the hotel to ne’er do wells and other undesirable characters. The term prepago was bandied around a great deal.
Don’t be deceived: Beauty and opulence often belies a rotting social infrastructure. Perhaps it is telling in that Venezuela has won Miss Universe a record seven times.
Colombia won something last night.