Venezuelan beauty contest bridges political divide

October 11, 2013 • Entertainment

Miss Costa Oriente Migbelis Castellanos, center, competes with other contestants at the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. From left are Miss Cojedes Wi May Nava, Miss Aragua Stephani de Zorsi, Miss Costa Oriente Migbelis Castellanos, Miss Guarico Michelle Bertolini and Miss Nueva Esparta Gabriela Graf. Castellanos won the crown. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans have trouble agreeing on anything these days, whether it’s who really won the election to replace Hugo Chavez or who to blame for this South American nation’s mounting economic woes.

But for a few gala-filled hours, they put all that aside to embrace a shared national obsession: beauty. In what is traditionally the country’s most-watched television event, millions tuned in Thursday night to watch as 18-year-old Migbelis Castellanos was crowned Miss Venezuela.

The 5-foot-7-inch, green-eyed blonde is a political science and communications college student from the state of Zulia. The youngest of Login to read more

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