You can be short, a little fat and completely void of talent, but if your Spanish is poor you can kiss your beauty crown good-bye.
That was in a nutshell the bitter experience of a poor Orlando girl who travelled to Miami (by bus because she could not afford a plane) to take part in Univision’s latest reality show: Nuestra Belleza Latina, which kicked off last night with deep-pocketed sponsors including Maybelline, Garnier, Ford, Cingular and JC Penney. “Go Back and practice [your Spanish], then come back next year,” she was simply told by Carlos Calderon, one of the show’s Miami judges. Thankfully, and because Univision has a heart, it offered to pay for the young lady -and her grandma- to go back to Orlando by plane.
Come to think of it: Univision should try to sign up an additional sponsor in the language-course category: something like “Español para Latinos que sólo hablan inglés”.
In New York City, the girls did not have it easy either. Here, they were submitted to some grueling comments and remarks from the show’s implaccable and “prestigious” judges. (OK, one of them is Luis Jimenez, so you can imagine how it goes when someone like Jimenez is hired to judge beauty, manners and personality).
Nuestra Belleza is searching for the next U.S. Latina beauty. Contestants compete for the title, a contract as one of Univision’s on-air personalities, and a chance to win more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.
After a series of elimination processes in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Puerto Rico and Chicago, finalists will move to a Miami mansion where they will be faced to “weekly challenges” testing their talent and personality. Juicy!