When the Miss Universe beauty contest is celebrated in a few weeks, Chile will be represented by a thin brunette woman with a demolition smile and a unmistakable Venezuelan accent.
Andrea Díaz was born and raised in Valencia, the capital of the state of Carabobo, where from the age of 12 he learned to move his hips and go gracefully on the podium to a local modeling academy.
At age 19, she won a contest organized by her baseball team and became her ambassador for goodwill.
But Diaz's career changed course to 20 years when he moved to Panama and then to Mexico to work as a model, a type of job that is now low in a crisis-riddled Venezuela.
In this context, three years ago, Andrea Díaz settled in Chile, where he moved just like most of his family.
"I represent the new Chile," said Miss Miss 26 years.
During a training session in a gym in Santiago. "This is a country that has had a wave of immigrants coming in search of opportunities," he added.
As thousands of people fleeing every day in Venezuela, escaping food shortages and inflation expected to exceed one million percent, dozens of aspiring beauty queens are allowed to work as models or in mass media abroad.
Some even parade with their adoptive countries in international beauty contests.
Next month, Portugal will be represented in the Miss World competition in China by a previous participant in Miss Venezuela. And in the recent Miss Tierra in the Philippines, two Venezuelans competed with Peru and Spain.
"My dream that I want to be a young lady will not end due to the fact that I am arriving in a new location," said Jessica Russo, 22, who represented Peru at Miss Tierra just a year after she arrived that country. And although he did not qualify for the final, he said he would train for more competitions and hopes to win the crown for his native country.
The beauty contests are as enthusiastic as Venezuela's baseball, a country that has been obsessed with glamor and good looks for years, and has been the leader in the international beauty contests with seven Miss Universe and six Miss World titles. .
Although critics consider these contests to be misogynistic and obsolete, many say they have helped hundreds of women from all walks of life to start their career as models, actresses and conductors of TV shows. Even an old lady Venezuela has become a mayor.