Talking about issues like world peace is common for beauty pageant contestants during their selection process since it helps them score more points to get ahead in the competition.
Angelika Hernandez – Miss Trujillo 2005 – generated the hashtag #Misses4Peace on Twitter to spread the word about the violent protests in the South American country, which apparently isn’t getting as much attention in the mainstream media as Ukraine or Crimea.
The protests come almost a year after 58-year-old President Hugo Chavez died on March 5th, 2013 after losing a two-year batter with cancer. Nicolas Maduro, who is generally considered to be Chavez’s replica in terms of his socialist principles, assumed the powers and responsibilities after a special election was held in April.
However, a vast majority of Venezuelans soon grew tired of his policies and took to the streets against the new leader, denouncing rampant crime, political corruption and inflation.
Within a matter of days, the peaceful sit-ins, initiated by students mostly in February this year, turned into violent anti-government riots after law enforcement forces responded with brutal force.
Among the people who died during the demonstrations wasGenesis Carmona, a 22-year-old college student and local beauty queen who was shot in the head in the central city of Valencia.
The killing made it to international headlines but was soon eclipsed by the Russia-Ukraine war news.
Subsequently, Hernandez decided to go online and do her bit for Venezuela because she thinks talking about world peace during beauty competitions is not enough.
She posted a self-portrait, holding a placard saying “Pray For Venezuela” – an action which was soon replicated by many other counterparts from different countries.
Here’s what others posted: