SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – When Miss Universe is held in a matter of weeks, Chile will represent a thin brunette with a killer smile and speaks Spanish with an unmistakable Venetian accent.
Andrea Diaz was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela, where she learned to lean on her hips and elegantly slide her strings at the local Academy of Painting for 12 years. At age 19, she won a baseball competition in her hometown and became an ambassador of good will for the team.
But Dijas' career changed course in her twenties when she moved to Panama and then to Mexico to model workplaces, which were now desecrated in Venezuela in crisis situations. Three years ago, she settled in Chile, where most of her family moved.
"I am introducing the new Chile," said the 26-year-old while she was training at the local Santiago Hall for the upcoming competition. "This is an inclusive country in which immigrants come in search of opportunities."
As thousands of people leave Venezuela every day to avoid a food shortage and an inflation rate that is expected to exceed 1 million percent, dozens of credible queens are also seeking flight and finding work as models and media personalities abroad.
Some even represent their adopted domains in the international beauty contest.
Next month, Portugal will be represented at Miss World in China by Miss Venezuela's former participant. And the recently completed Miss Earth Contest, held in the Philippines, presented two models from Venezuela that competed on behalf of Peru and Spain.
"My dream of being a queen of beauty will not stop just because I have arrived in a new country," said Jessica Russo, who represented Peru at Miss Earth, only a year after she moved to that country.
She failed to enter the finals, but said she would now train for more competitions, hoping to win the crown for Peru, the country in which her mother was born.
"I'm still young," said the 22-year-old. "And I want to be a global spokesman for good reasons."
Beauty is being watched almost closer to the baseball in Venezuela, which has long been obsessed with glamor and good looks. South America is the world leader in international elections, with seven Miss Universe crowns and six Miss World titles.
Although critics have described programs as mazogens and outdated, many Venezuelans are defending them who say the events helped hundreds of women from all social classes to launch their careers as models, actresses, television hosts and news presenters. One former winner of Miss Venezuela was even the mayor of the district in Caracas and was unsuccessful in running for the country's presidency.
But, as the Venezuelan economy attracts, many citizens in the country do not offer a direct path to employment. Live fashion magazines have stopped, TV productions have slowed down, and companies like fashion brands are increasingly refraining from spending money on commercials.
Giselle Reies has four fashion schools for young women in Venezuela, dealing with the "University of Beauty". Estimates that about 70 percent of her graduates left the country over the past decade to seek job modeling in Mexico, Colombia, the United States, and other countries.
"It's even a tough moment for me to find modeling instructors," Reyes said in a studio in Caracas, which was coated with photographs of the famous Venezuelan winners. "People always say they will work for me for several months while finding a way to leave the country."
Even in Venezuela's most competitive election manifestation, it seems that it does not guarantee its graduates a job in their own country.
Each year, Miss Venezuela's national television competition will select 24 participants and put them through an excellent six-month academy that includes daily gymnasts, modeling lessons and pep talk lessons from instructors who sometimes mitigate their students to have plastic surgery.
However, at least 17 members of the Miss Venezuela class appear to work abroad in Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, and even far away in India, looking for their social media profiles. A similar number of competitors are working abroad for 2014.
"During the 1990s, Miss Venezuela was practically guaranteed to work on modeling or on TV," said Rafael Briceno, a radio host from Caracas, who held classes for the public presentation of dozens of Miss Venezuela participants. "There is very little local model market".
Many Venetian beauty queens, who have gone abroad, admit their rigid preparations in Venezuela, helping them succeed. But they are also released to be released from the demanding standards of biscuit beauty, imposed by campaign organizers at home.
Diaz said that while she was still living in Venezuela, she went to a skin cleansing session that went upside down and left small scars and reddish anger on both faces. Model agencies in Venezuela have begun to reject it.
In Chile, Diaz managed to win the national beauty competition despite the fumes, which can be easily concealed with makeup. She was able to take part because her father was Chilean.
"Chile accepted me as I did and helped me regain the confidence that I lost," Diaz said.
Now, as she prepares for Miss Universe next month in Thailand, the model hopes that the jury does not focus only on her physical qualities, but sees him as a cosmopolitan who has moved around the world in search of her goals. She says she dreams of becoming a motivational speaker who works with young people on self-esteem.
"A beautiful woman is not only a woman with perfect skin," said Dijas, "but someone with a heart, with ideas and feelings of intent."
Written member of the Associated Press, Manuel Rueda reports from Bogotá, Colombia and AP author Eva Vergara from Santiago, Chile. AP reporters Joeal Calupitan in Manila in the Philippines and Clibburn St. John in Caracas, Venezuela, contributed to this report.